The Question and Answer section for The Color of Water is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
What chapter are you referring to?
Do you mean from the beginning of the book?
I think that both narratives are vital to the story's themes. Ruth tells James that his father Andrew McBride, a reverend, was a man with "vision". She sighs and then states that the times are different. Circumstances are different; they make for...