Rifka's mother finally came to visit. They talk about what happened in Antwerp and Rifka's hair. Even though Rifka had chores to do, she didn't want to leave her mom. So instead, Rifka showed her around and led her mother to the little Polish baby. After Rifka's mother leaves, she notices that Ilya, who usually was by Rifka's side, kept his distance from her while her mother was there. Rifka begins to worry that the doctors would send Ilya back if he did not prove that he was not a simpleton.