The Question and Answer section for That Was Then, This is Now is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Mike is understanding. He knows how Connie has been treated all her life by white people.
Connie was scared of white people in general. She interpreted Mike's good deed of driving her home as something sinister.
Mark was nine years old when he parents killed each other. He didn't need to be told.... he was there.