St. Aubert and Emily take off on a winding road to Languedoc after saying goodbye to their good buddy Barreaux.
Alrighty, get ready for some detailed descriptions of the landscape. Emily can't get over how pretty the forest and mountains are, and everything is glorious, and did we mention she's a major hippie-child?
But St. Aubert is really into nature scenery, too. As they enter a valley, St. Aubert is impressed by how gorgeous and romantic everything is. He almost expects to see a bandit pop out from behind some rocks.
As Michael the muleteer (that's mule-driver in English) is driving along, the group hears a gunshot. St. Aubert gets his pistol ready, because it's probably that bandit he was dreaming about earlier.
But no, it's a well-intentioned young man named Valancourt! Turns out he's a fellow traveler.
Emily and St. Aubert give Valancourt a ride into the nearest town, where they all spend the night at the nearest inn.
It's a nice inn and everything, but Michael the muleteer gets mad when he thinks his mules are being slighted. The innkeeper doesn't want them to sleep in a bedchamber—fancy that!
Valancourt solves the problem by persuading the innkeeper to let the mules sleep wherever they darn please. He's a problem-solver, that one.