Conversely, Del's joy at seeing Fort Pitt and Carlisle expresses the viewpoint of the white settler. To him, the structures of industry and stability are superior aspects of his white culture. Whereas True Son feels comfortable living in the woods, Del only feels safe and at home when he sees signs of the familiar white "civilization" in which he has grown up. Del's spirit represents that of the adventurous, patriotic, and determined frontiersman who truly believes in his people's cause. The language Richter uses to express Del's perspective changes to better reflect his feelings and character. As in Chapter 2, Del speaks with slightly uneducated words ("you'd reckon"), but he is still able to express the beauty of the Susquehanna River as he sees it for the first time in weeks.
When True Son meets his white family for the first time in years, we begin to understand the difficult transition that lies ahead for True Son. Up until this point, True Son has been able to deny the existence of his white family; they have been out of sight and out of mind. Once he sees his white father, however, he is harshly presented with the reality of his life. Although True Son keeps up his stubborn guise, refusing to accept that he has anything to do with the whites, he is faced with aspects of his existence that will eventually become impossible to ignore. The struggle to maintain his Indian identity becomes subtly complicated as he learns his real white name and finds out that he is related to the dreaded Paxton boys. Inside True Son still feels like an Indian, but he is unable to convince his white family of this identity. As they present him with new clothes that he will soon be forced to wear, True Son feels as though his freedom and old way of life are being stripped from him.
Through the eyes of Del, however, we also see how difficult the homecoming must be for True Son's white family. Despite the fact that they are unable to understand True Son, True Son's mother and father deeply love him. They too are in denial because they still view True Son as the little boy who was taken from them. True Son's mother, in particular, refuses to believe that the boy she loves so dearly has completely disowned his white family in favor of his kidnappers. It is heartbreaking to think that her own son cannot recognize her or even understand her words.
The one hopeful sign of the reunion is the burgeoning relationship between Gordie and True Son. As an innocent child, Gordie is able to accept his brother for what he is and remain unaffected by his unusual mannerisms. As we have seen before in the relationship between Half Arrow and True Son, the bonds between children are the strongest and promising examples of brotherhood.