Elli is sitting on a bunk with her mother and on top there are people who don't care that the bed is broken. Elli yells at the and tells them to get to get down and that the bed will fall and they continue to ignore Elli
The bunk fell on Ellis mother. She is motionless and can not move people are telling Elli that her mother will never walk again
Ellis mother is moved to the infirmary where she will stay for a month and if she does not get better she will be killed
The time of selection has come and Ellis mother is still not better so Elli and her old neighbor Mrs. Grunwald are going to sneak Ellis mother out of infirmary
During the day Elli hides her mother in the bunk so that way no one will see her
In the morning during selection Elli and her mother have to look like they are trying to keep warm because Ellis mother can not stand and Elli needs to support her.