Albert tells Esene how to behave with her in-laws; “Don’t get drawn into it…It’s the only way they know how to speak. If you say little…and act less, they’ll think you agree with them. No one will argue. There’ll be no one to convince” (Noble 163). Taking his advice helps Esene adjust to the new family.
Noble has illustrated this theme using a conflict and showing a way to resolve it. The conflict in the story was Albert’s attempt to empower Esene by inculcating in her new skills; “Shades were drawn. Front door locked. To prevent discovery, because Albert wanted it to be a surprise, his surprise to unveil like a repainted statue” (Noble 163). Albert achieved this goal with determination, motivation, and love. “As for Esene, even though she didn’t love to study, even though Albert pushed and prodded her, she began to realize the power of what she was doing” (Noble 165). It was not easy for Albert to bring her on the track, but with love, patience, and consistency, he achieved what he wanted to in her.
Noble has drawn upon the importance of empowerment using examples like the deaf and blind father of Albert to show that not having certain traits or qualities makes you dependent upon others; in Albert’s father’s case, lack of the sight and the sense of hearing, “Albert’s father, in his old man’s sweater, stood holding his lightly crushed brown hat in both hands, uncaring,