This chapter develops the theme of breaking down dividing lines, and hence, breaking the rules that govern life. In the previous chapter, F. Jasmine reacts to Berenice's tale of a man who had a sex change. Now, with Big Mama and Honey's theoretical abilities to change their own races, McCullers further questions what it means to be born with one identity or another. In the same way that the tomboyish Frankie can change herself into a young lady called F. Jasmine, so can a black man become Cuban. It seems all a matter of interpretation. Race, personality, gender, are all what we make of them and not solid, unalterable truths.

The sexual experience does seem to mature F. Jasmine. Because, when she sees John Henry afterward, she has something of revelation of the vast separation between the two of them. Unlike the division between the adult world and her, this division is actually good. She realizes that, due to their age discrepancy, they cannot fully comprehend how another sees the world. And she knows that he is too young to hear about the "crazy man," which clues us into the fact that she does know that this was not just craziness, rather that it was something inherently inappropriate for a child's ears. Her exposure to the experience thus separates her from childhood at last.