Mr. Ryder prepares to propose to Mrs.Molly Dixon during the ball. "He decided to give a ball in her honor, and at some time during the evening of the ball to offer his heart and hand" (Chesnutt 62-63).
Liza Jane approaches Mr. Ryder in search for her husband, Sam Taylor. She explains her story and shows him a picture of Sam. '''I’d know ‘im 'mongs’ a hund’ed men. Fer dey wuzn’ no yuther merlatter man like my man Sam, an’ I couldn’ be mistook. I’s toted his picture roun’ wid me twenty-five years.''' (193-194).
Mr. Ryder realizes he's the man in the picture and that Liza is the wife of his youth. He goes to his bedroom to look at himself in the mirror while he tries to determine whether he should chose Mrs. Dixon or Liza. "He went upstairs to his bedroom, and stood for a long time before the mirror of his dressing-case, gazing thoughtfully at the reflection of his own face" (208-210).
Mr. Ryder indirectly speaks about his marriage with Liza Jane during the toast to women. He asks his guests their opinion on if he should acknowledge her. '''is one which...---The Ladies" (230-236)
Mrs. Dixon and others suggest that he should acknowledge his lost wife. '''He should have acknowledged her. Yes, "they all echoed", he should have acknowledged her''' (289-292).
He steps out to get Liza and introduces her as the wife of his youth. '''Ladies and gentlemen, "he said," this is the woman, and I am the man, whose story I told you. Permit me to introduce to you the wife of my youth''' (304-307)