In chapter 4, two young ladies visit Zora's school. Unusually, the two visitors don't give any warning that they are coming but rather show up unannounced.
When the two ladies come to Zora's class to hear the students read, Zora becomes fascinated with the way they look and particularly with their fingers. Zora describes their fingers as:
long and thin, and very white, except near the tips . . . [where] they were baby pink.
Zora is so fascinated by their fingers, she says, because she has never before seen any fingers (or any hands) quite like them. She calls the ladies' fingers "a fascinating discovery." She wonders what their fingers might feel like. Her fascination with the ladies' fingers is only interrupted when she is asked to take her turn reading.
After hearing her read, the ladies then present Zora with several gifts, some of which Zora finds fascinating. The most fascinating gifts for Zora are the books that the ladies give her. She is given a collection of Norse tales, for example, which she says struck "deeply into [her] soul."