Cora recalls a conversation she had with Addie about faith, sin, and punishments. She doubts Addie’s piety and feels that she loved her son, Jewel, more than God. Addie even described Jewel in religious terms, as her "salvation," which is not OK by Cora.
She also notes that Jewel never seemed to return his mother’s love. Cora remembers praying for Addie.