Working in the kitchen is no easy task. Rachel gets up before the sun, drops Jacob off at Widow Jenkins's house, and arrives at the camp at 5:30AM where she helps set the tables and prepare the food for the workers. Boy, can they eat.
Rachel gets the cold shoulder from most of the other workers.
Sometimes, she'll ask to sit with one of them and get a witty reply like, "I don't sit with whores." Oh, snap.
Her friend Joel comes over and sits with her, telling her not to worry about the others. Who cares what they think?
He tells her that Jacob is getting big and strong.
Rachel likes the compliment even though she feels she doesn't know much about babies.
We learn that Joel is a hard worker and Rachel's even heard talk of him being promoted.
He's modest, too. He doesn't pay much attention to the hype. When he can, he's going to ditch this town for someplace without such mean people.
After Joel gets up from the table, Rachel notices Serena on her horse in the distance.
She thinks to herself that Serena is smart not to allow Rachel near her food.
Rachel also considers how her life has gone up until this point and figures that she made the right choice being with Pemberton, even if it did cost her a dad.
Wait a minute… She scolds herself for thinking this and gets back to work.