Robert Jordan is back in the cave, where Pilar and Maria are doing the dishes.
El Sordo has not come, which is odd. Pilar says they must go to see him tomorrow. Maria wants to go too.
Pilar asks Robert Jordan how he finds Maria. She's just guh-reat! Beautiful and intelligent, he says. (About the latter, Maria giggles and Pilar shakes her head).
They share some jokes. Apparently Robert Jordan's too much of a stiff to appreciate jokes at the expense of the Republic, whereas Pilar is happy to compare the colors of its flag to less-than-pleasant bodily fluids.
Maria asks if Robert Jordan is a communist, and he responds that he is not; he is an anti-fascist and a Republican. Pilar is also a Republican.
Maria's father was killed for being a Republican, she says. Robert Jordan notes that his father was too, and his grandfather was on the Republican National Committee. When Maria asks if his father was also killed for being a Republican, he responds that he killed himself, to "avoid being tortured." Maria wishes her father had that opportunity.
Robert Jordan asks to change the subject, but Maria, amazed at how much they have in common, excitedly exclaims that she and Robert Jordan are "the same."
Robert Jordan caresses her head and, when she asks him to repeat it, he promises to do it later.
Asking Maria to leave, Robert Jordan talks to Pilar. He asks whether Rafael was right in what he said.
Before he can even get out what Rafael actually said, Pilar says that he was not, and that he, Robert Jordan, had judged correctly.
When he asks about whether "it" might need to be done in the future, Pilar promises it will not.
Robert Jordan goes to sleep outside, Pilar having agreed to sleep with his packs (of dynamite).