Chapters 12-13 Summary
Ruth serves Anton and Patty a fine breakfast, and is surprised when Anton asks her to join them. Patty is certain that no white man has ever offered the housekeeper a chair before. Ruth at first respectfully declines, but later joins the two, sitting at the table with a cup of coffee. Ruth and Anton engage in a light conversation, while Patty basks in the amazing warmth of her "two favorite people getting to know each other." Ruth asks Anton how "colored folks" are treated in Germany, and, to her astonishment, he replies, "There aren't any."
Ruth tells Anton what it has been like for her as a Negro woman in twentieth-century America. When she was a child, her mother had saved pennies so that Ruth could get an education...
(The entire section is 715 words.)