Twelve women...

The beginnings of a plan taking shape in her mind, Pearl asks the women:

"Well, it sounds like the children couldn't be safer, for the moment. About the men. Who here has taken them food? I need to know how far it is to these mines, and how soon you'll likely be called upon to take food again. Where do you go to pick up the food, and can we see these warm clothes that you put on to do this?"