Tashi’s parents are upset that she is growing a rebellious spirit because of her friendship with Olivia.
Nettie asks if Tashi is lazy at home. Her parents say that Tashi works very hard.
According to Tashi’s parents, the problem is that the girl isn’t actually internalizing anything they teach her. Nettie thinks to herself, "Aha. Tashi knows she is learning a way of life she will never live."
Nettie tries to explain to the parents that the world is different now and that women can have a place in the world. However, Tashi’s father angrily insists that Olinka women always have a place – with their husband, father, or brother. Women like Nettie, who have no men, are pitied and looked down upon by the Olinka.
Tashi’s father also doesn’t respect the missionaries. He said they’ll probably get sick and won’t last through the rainy season.
Nettie says that African men remind her of Pa.
Tashi’s father tells Nettie to send Tashi straight home if she shows up. He says that Olivia can come over to their hut and learn to be a woman.