The rainy season has begun, which should make it easier for the priests to evade the authorities. The only problem is that it also makes it a lot harder for them to leave their tiny hut.
In the meantime, Rodrigues decides to write about the villagers he's met so far. There's Mokichi, whom we've already met, but there's also Ichizo, an old man with a single facial expression (angry), and Ichizo's kind-hearted sister Omasu.
"After three days of incessant falling," the rain finally stops (3.28). The priests take the opportunity to stroll about the mountain, straying further out with each passing rainless day.
One night, as the priests walk about, they hear a voice—someone's watching them. Although the priests manage to escape, the local villagers decide to build a secret hideout in the floor of their hut, just in case.
Five nights later, the priests are woken by the sound of someone opening the door of the hut. They silently crawl into their hideout as their visitors creep inside.
These interlopers don't seem hostile, however—they just keep on saying "Padre" over and over again (3.46). They must be Christians.
Rodrigues leaps out and greets their guests. These men are from Goto Island: they travelled five days to the mountain after Kichijiro told them the priests were here.
As it turns out, Kichijiro had been a Christian. He must've renounced the faith after his family and friends were tortured, causing the shame he carries with him to this day.
After consulting with the villagers, Rodrigues decides to visit the island, while Garrpe remains behind. He departs in the dead of night.
Everyone seems to be Christian here, and they don't even try to hide it. Amazingly, Kichijiro is treated like "the hero of the village" for bringing a priest to their shore (3.80).
Rodrigues returns to Tomogi to receive some shocking news—the village is being raided. Rodrigues rushes to his hut to hide out with Garrpe.