The group spends the night at the farmstead, enjoying the slight comfort of the nearly abandoned home as a significant upgrade from the rainy, cold, unyielding outdoors. The grandmother is as hospitable as she can be, even after Talia's magic has worn off. The old woman seems to gravitate to Layna for some reason, making sure to offer her a drink or a bite to eat every chance she gets. It's almost alarmingly ingratiating behavior.
Meanwhile, Abby only has eyes for Tobie after the carved gift the woodcutter gave the shy little girl the day before. She's nowhere near as knowledgeable or insightful as her guardian, but Abby makes up for it with a pert politeness that belies her dreadful situation.
"Which way are you bound?" Abby asks as the ensemble enjoys a light breakfast in the kitchen, with grandmother watching at the front window and Astaban covering the back.