The danger is here, for two men are not as lonely and perplexed as one.
After a while the faces of the watching men lost their bemused perplexity and became hard and angry and resistant.
They knew that a man so hurt and so perplexed may turn in anger, even on people he loves.
And the women went on with the work, but all the time they watched the men squatting in the dust—perplexed and figuring.
And because they were lonely and perplexed, because they had all come from a place of sadness and worry and defeat, and because they were all going to a new mysterious place, they huddled together; they talked together; they shared their lives, their food, and the things they hoped for in the new country.