Struck with a case of the chills, Grandfather rests under a chestnut tree; meanwhile, Matilda makes a plan of action. First up? Water.
Matilda follows a line of willow trees to a small stream – "an old soldier's trick" (12.10).
After filling a canteen with water, Matilda looks around for food. Raspberry bushes! She collects some fruit with the plan to return with Grandfather, who would catch a rabbit for them to eat.
Matilda returns to Grandfather and shares the water and berries. He is feverish still, but his eyes aren't yellow. "Just a summer grippe," she thinks (12.16).
Grandfather starts blaming himself for their situation, calling himself a stubborn old fool. As he speaks, he seems to be drifting in and out of consciousness. At one point, he calls Matilda "Captain" (12.33).