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Patty is very hurt from her father’s beating. The sheriff comes to the store to question her. The sheriff forces Patty’s father to return the ring to her; he begins to question her about the pretend man in her story. Patty tells the same story she told Sister Parker and her father; the sheriff believes her innocence and does not think that the man hurt Patty.
Again Patty believes the ring will give her power. She refuses to speak to the sheriff until her father returns the ring to her.
Patty’s last statement in this chapter should also be noted. She adds to the ending of her story, and claims that the old man said “Patty...I could go through this world proud and happy if only God had seen fit to give me a daughter exactly like you” (171).
Right before Patty said this, she rubbed the ring’s crest across her lips. She felt its powers, aimed the ring directly at her father and stated the quote above. If Patty did not have this ring, she would have never directly said anything to her father as such.