After reaching the plain of Chizukano, Rodrigues is transferred to a different set of guards. These new fellows lead the priest to his new temporary home—a tiny prison built on the side of a hill.
To his surprise, Rodrigues doesn't hate life in his little isolated prison. It gives him a feeling of "peaceful tranquility" he had yet to attain in Japan (6.9).
This goes on for nine days, until Rodrigues is abruptly dragged from his cell once again. The guards take him to a different cell near their rooms, though the priest can't understand why.
The next day, Rodrigues is surprised to hear the sound of several prisoners being dragged into the prison. He's even more surprised when he hears them reciting the "Our Father."
Rodrigues later discovers that these are the same prisoners as before—Monica and Juan included.
The next day, Rodrigues performs a prayer service and offers confession. Both the priest and his flock feel much better after this.
Several weeks later, a guard barges in and gives the priest a set of new red clothes, the traditional garb of "Buddhist monks" (6.26). Though resistant, Rodrigues tries on his new digs.
The guards then take Rodrigues outside and toss him in front of five chairs, which are eventually filled by five samurai. The time for Rodrigues's cross-examination has come.
The samurai explain that the relationship between their respective governments is the root of their ban of Christianity. Still, they're obviously hostile towards the priest.
There is one samurai who seem sympathetic, however. To his shock, this kind-hearted man turns out to be Inoue—the man who made Ferreira apostatize.
A few days later, the guards lead three prisoners—Juan included—into the courtyard to "dig three holes" (6.71). One man suffers sunstroke and eventually dies after being given last rites by Rodrigues.
A few days later, a stranger rushes into the prison. In case you didn't guess, it's Kichijiro once again. This time, he tearfully confesses his Christianity and is locked up with the other prisoners.
Now it's time for the prisoners' faith to be tested with a good old-fashioned fumie-stomping. Everyone stands firm and refuses. Finally, the guards send back everyone but Juan.
As Rodrigues watches from his cell, Juan is straight up murdered. This gut-wrenching moment is interrupted by Kichijiro, who sprints from his cell, stomps of the fumie, and runs away as fast as he can. Seriously, dude? That's the third time.