Claire remembers her story giving birth. She tells Alys all about it. Alys is astonished and confused on how Claire didn't die from the loss of too much blood or from too much pain. Claire decides she must find her son. everyone finds out about Claire giving birth with no husband and say she is stained. Claire and Einar become close friends and learn each other stories.
Claire, pausing to weep, told Alys her remembered story.
Astonished, Alys was confused on how Claire survived throughout the medical procedure; Claire explained the technology was more advanced therefore making it easier to endure procedures.
Aye. You must!
I must find my son!
The children were outside the cottage and heard everything Claire said, they scattered away telling the community.
oh my! What a terrible secret, let's go tell the others!
everyone in the community was talking about Claire's "terrible secret" and Tall Andras now thinks differently of Claire.
is something wrong?
is it true what they say? You've had a child with no husband. Here, you are stained.
Claire saw Einar working, once he caught her watching, he smiled and waved. Claire waved back happy there is a young man who doesn't think poorly of her.
so, there's one young man who doesn't think me stained. or is it that i'm now ruined, as he is?