Rex comes home late at night and only Jeannette is awake. She sees that he has a gash on his head and arm, he explains that he got into a fight. She is asked to stitch him up.
They are eating off of a ham for a couple of days and they are leaving it out on the counter for those days, Jeannette sees that there are maggots in the ham and is told to just "eat around it"
Throughout this section, they don't have a lot of food. Jeannette say that her and Brian have become "expert foragers". They search abandoned houses and stole corn from fields.
Since Brian and Jeannette don't eat very often, they are very skinny. They are made fun of at school for being skinny and not having food. Jeannette says she was called "spider legs" and "skeleton girl".
Since their wood isn't dry, they were using kerosene to ignite the wood. Rex warns to be careful because the kerosene container could blow up. Which is what happens when Lori is trying to ignite the fire.
Brian and Jeanette are freezing cold, and since their family can't afford to buy coal, the two kids look along the sides of the roads for pieces that have fallen out of the truck.