"If white folks find out your pregnant by me, I will surley be hang" (Mcbride 114).
Ruth husbannd Dennis dies of lung cancer
"Part of me died when Dennis died. I loved that man more than life loved itself and at times I wish the good lord would have taken me instead of him, because he was a much better person for living than me " (McBride 244).
Ruth discovers Harlem
"He began to hang around my table all the time. One day asked me to lunch and i accepted" (McBride 174).
" Then after a while, my period was late. By a week. Then another week. Then it never came. Well, the whole thing just started to unravel on me then. I was pregnant and I couldn't tell a soul .. I had maybe just turned fifteen then. Their wasn't a person I could tell. I'd wake up in the middle of the night, just striaght up in bed sweat, and go outside to the back balcony to hide the tears from my sister" (McBride 112).
Ruth converts to Christianity
" I was home and I got the call from a doctor at the hospital about six in the morning. He asked if I was Mrs. McBride. I said I was. He said Mr. McBride just passed away. I said that's impossible. He wasn't that sick. The doctor said he had cancer, and hung up. That's the first time they told me he had cancer. That's the first time I ever heard of it.. Lord it was very hard to let him go. Very hard to let him go" (McBride 233-244).
The death of Ruth's mother Hudis
" There was a sign in the window that said "Manicurist wanted", so I went in and inquired the job. The manager, Rocky, was a heavy, well-dressed, light-skinned man with a deep voice. He hired me immediately" ( McBride 173). ".. I couln't see my grandmother anymore and keep doing what I was doing, hanging out in Harlem. I had to break away from her and not go back home to her, because Bubeh reminded me to much of where I came from" (McBride 175).
" In 1942, a few months after my mother died, In told Dennis, " I want to accept Jesus Christ into my life and join the Church" (McBride 235). " I accepted Jesus that day and He never let me down from that day to this" ( McBride 235).
" It was Dennis . He was calling from Aunt Mary's factory. He told me Mameh just passed away. They had a locker room in the glass factory where we changed and put on our aprons, and I hung up the phone and went in there and howled out my grief.. I was depressed for months. I lost weight and couldn't eat and was near suicide" ( McBride 216-217).