With everyone terrified of Lord Choi, nobody dares step forward—they all know how he hates drawing attention to their village. Eun-oh wonders how they can discover a murderer in their midst and not clamor for the truth to be discovered.
Dol-swe points out that it’s not so different from Eun-oh, who shows no interest in the world, which, touché.
That night, Eun-oh paces his yard, replaying his earlier conversation with Arang—the one where he’d callously tried to drag her up to her death site and she’d fired back that he doesn’t know how frightening the moment of death is.
She’s in the middle of lunch as Dol-swe comes roaring by and stares slack-jawed. Eun-oh rides to the shore where Arang washed up, though by now she’s long gone. He wonders where she went, and whether she’s awake.
I love how her rosy-tinted images of Dol-swe are usually more grotesque than swoony. Dol-swe just remembers her as the woman who slammed a pot lid into his head, and he storms back to confront her. Aw, it’s a notable shift, using her name; he once said he’d never call her by name and he’s stuck to it (using Amnesia instead).
Then she dropped from the cliff and he screamed, “Araaaaaang!
” I love that we’re seeing this change in both characters, precipitated by near-death experiences (or, you know, death experiences), where the worry outweighs that self-denial on the surface that usually keeps them from acting like they care.
Meanwhile, Joo-wal arrives at home with Arang, who’s still sleeping.
Finally Eun-oh goes home and asks the Bangs whether anyone has come to claim the remains from the mass grave.
They reply that nobody has; those bodies have nothing to do with the people of this village.
It doesn’t make sense to Eun-oh, and one Bang suggests that they could date back a long while, and therefore these dead people aren’t known to the current inhabitants. The Bang Trio is relieved that magistrate seems willing to drop the issue. Dol-swe finds Eun-oh brooding and tries to cheer him up, saying he can give the girl a nice funeral once her body washes up. He tsk-tsks at the state of this village, with the people living in fear of upsetting Lord Choi.
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