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As the book draws to a close, the reader watches as Ruth achieves her dream. After a loveless childhood, she finally married a man she adored, and who loved her passionately in return. Her marriage, in contrast to Mameh's, was one based on open love and affection. When Ruth became a Christian, she became a member of a community defined by love that welcomed her with open arms. The American Dream became real for Ruth McBride when her family moved to Brooklyn.