While at the well Li is approached by a man
demanding a drink of water. From the pattern on his boots Li knows him to be
the king. As a slave it is forbidden for any woman to look upon the face of a
man. She dares not speak, but if she did would he understand the words of a
woman? He is the one man who could change the way women are treated, but would
he believe what Li needs to tell him? The women need a leader as much as the
men need their king.