Powell tracks John and Pearl to Rachel Cooper's house where he tries to pass himself off as their father. Although Pearl runs into Powell's arms, John denies that he is their father, and Rachel can tell that something is wrong. As Rachel goes for her shotgun. John grabs Miss Jenny and hides under the front porch. Powell goes after him with his knife, but Rachel chases him away. Later that night, he returns. As Rachel guards the house with her shotgun, Powell sits out front singing 'Leaning on the Everlasting Arm' At one point, Powell sneaks in the house, and Rachel fires a shot that sends him running out to the barn. She calls the police, and they come out to arrest him. As the police are handcuffing Powell, however, John yells 'Don't!' and tosses Miss Jenny and the money at him. At Powell's trial, John is asked to tell whether it was Powell who killed his mother, but he remains silent. The police lead Powell out the back of the courthouse to escape the mob screaming to lynch him. In the final scene, Rachel prepares Christmas dinner for the orphans while they exchange presents. Having nothing to give her, John wraps an apple with a lacy doily, and Rachel accepts it lovingly, giving him a watch in return. As John goes upstairs, Rachel faces the camera and says, 'They abide...and they endure.'