how does Peter change Ruth's life
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Peter young black man living in one of the houses down the road behind the store, Peter became Ruth's first lover. She fell in love with him at fifteen, and became pregnant. Ruth's mother found out and sent her to New York. This was effectively banishment from her home. It was the point of no return. Ruth's father would have been a danger to her had he found out. After an abortion in New York, Ruth returned to Suffolk and learned that Peter was due to marry a black girl he had also made pregnant.