The next week, two more accidents happen: A log falls on a worker and a fifty-pound metal tong crashes into a man's head. Ouch.
Many of the workers get skittish and wear crosses to work for protection.
Pemberton instructs them to work on harvesting some poplars near a creek, which the men think is a bad idea. Pemberton doesn't give two figs about their opinion, though, and has them do it anyway.
After another close call, the crew takes a break for a few minutes to relax and regroup.
When they get back to work, one of the trees slips out of the ropes and falls, crushing Dunbar in the process. The men stand around him as he dies.
At dinner, Dr. Cheney points out that more men have died recently than when Buchanan and Wilkie were around.
Serena agrees but explains that they're also harvesting on steeper inclines now; Pemberton chimes in that there's more rain, too.
It seems like neither of them are all that concerned, which bugs the doc.
Then he starts a verbal sparring war with Serena. First he mocks her "two legged dog" (read: Galloway who follows her around now) and then he moves onto her name, which he says she's absolutely nothing like.
Of course Serena has some quips up her sleeve, but she quickly dismisses the doc, telling him he's not funny.