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All the women are shocked to see Phulwa coming out of the house with a black cat in her arms. Hemvati comes forward and tells Phulwa to leave the cat outside their house since it is considered to be a bad omen. Sona joins in and says that not only is it a bad omen, but also it must be the work of a witch, as she had heard of something similar in some other village nearby. Hemvati and others are alarmed. An old woman asks Phulwa from where she got the cat? Phulwa replies that she found the cat in Champa's room, when she had gone to keep Sona's umbrella inside. Champa is aghast and gets up from where she was sitting on the ground. She is in tears and tells everybody that she doesn't know from where the cat came. At that moment, Mangroo comes home and asks the assembled women why they have stopped singing and dancing. Hemvati tells him about the black cat found in Champa's room and that is an inauspicious sign. Mangroo admonishes all the women slightly, telling them that somebody must have smeared vermilion on the cat's forehead in order to have fun, and the alarmed cat might have entered their house, as such there is nothing called bad omen. He further tells the women that if he returns home at night and accidentally steps on a dog, and if the dog cries later, then it would definitely not mean that the incident that happens is bad. He adds that these are all circumstances and may happen to anybody. He urges the women to go ahead and finish the rituals and all. Sona is not at all happy but goes along with the flow.
Back at her house, Sona tells her Mother-in-law that she was angry with the villagers for being such a fool to believe anybody's words and lamented that all her actions failed to bear any fruit, since the women decided to believe Mangroo. Her mother-in-law asks her to be patient and not to fail in the next attempt, as otherwise she would have to sit back in the house and peel potatoes.
They suddenly hear sound coming from the courtyard. They rush out to see Lakhiya, who was earlier listening to their conversation, hitting a bundle forcefully on the wooden bench, again and again. After a while he stops and comes towards them with the bundle, which is now bloodied. He tells Sona to ensure that Champa eats whatever there is inside the bundle so that they could prove directly that she is a witch, and that this ploy would be much better than raising suspicions of the villagers. Both Sona and his Mother looks impressed.
Hemvati is applying turmeric and some paste on Champa's face, while Phulwa is helping her Father to pack some stuff inside a trunk. She asks her Father why he is marking each and every item with turmeric. Mangroo tells her that the sign of turmeric is considered to be auspicious and is also regarded to ward off evil intentions of others. He then tells Hemvati that Champa's would-be father-in-law was coming to visit them the next day to ensure whether the marriage arrangements are going on fine or not. Hemvati assures him that all arrangements have been made and that he doesn't need to worry about it. She rather worries about the incident of the black cat; Mangroo tells her that it was an accident and that they should forget about it and make arrangements for the marriage whole-heartedly. He then brings out a bar of soap from his bag and gives it to Champa, telling her to use the soap the next day so that she would look more beautiful and fair. Phulwa picks up the soap and tells her Father that she also wants to use it. Mangroo tells her that it is for Champa only and that next time, he would get another bar for Phulwa. Phulwa is adamant when her Mother scolds her and asks her to give the bar back to Champa. Champa is pained to see Phulwa's teary face and goes after her when Phulwa leaves the room.
She find Phulwa crying and tells her that she would have given the bar to Phulwa only, and that Phulwa need not have created such a situation. Phulwa tells her that she only wanted to look beautiful as Champa and got scolded instead. Champa tells her that Phulwa is beautiful from inside and doesn't need any soap to make her look beautiful.
Mangroo and Hemvati are arranging stuff in their kitchen when Hemvati sees a black crow on the window sill. She is alarmed and frightened to see the crow at night, and the glass container in her hands, containing aachar, falls down and breaks. This draws Mangroo's attention and he shoos away the bird. He tells Hemvati that the bird might have lost its' way and was actually looking for a way out, and might have come to their sill. Hemvati is not convinced but Mangroo allays her fear for time being.
Champa is also worried by the incident of the black cat. She tells Phulwa that though everybody is happy with her marriage arrangements, yet something might go wrong and the marriage may not happen. Phulwa tells her that nothing like that will happen and everything will proceed on fine. She requested Champa to teach her to light the chulha as after a few days, she would have to take care of the family. Champa promises to teach her; but Phulwa insists that Champa goes off to sleep, since they had to wake up early the next morning for some more rituals.
Next morning, the village women accompany Champa, Hemvati and family to the fields to perform some rituals. They sing a local song implying that a marriage cannot be complete without the land's blessing since a daughter is actually a gift from the land. As part of the rituals, they dig a small hole in the ground and fill it with water; Hemvati then places betel leaves and betel nuts into the water-filled hole, while Sona covers Champa's eyes. Champa finds out the leaves and nuts one by one except for the last pair which some women removes earlier, in order to tease Champa. Sona tells Champa that she has failed to find everything; Phulwa comes forward and offers a coin to Champa. Everyone is happy since it is considered to be a good omen while Sona frets and fumes inside.
Sona comments that Phulwa loves Champa a lot, to which Phulwa asks Sona whether it is wrong to love one's sister? Sona is stumped but she passes away the situation by telling everybody that Phulwa likes teasing her a lot. She pulls Phulwa's cheek very hard and the child is a bit annoyed. Champa and Phulwa hug each other when Phulwa notices something falling on the ground. She looks above to see a crow flying high above; she realizes that the object dropped by the crow is a piece of soap. When the other women get up and take Champa along with them to perform some other rituals, Phulwa calls Chunni and tells her that she has found a bit of soap. Babu and another girl is also there and they are all very excited about the discovery. They rush towards the river when Sona asks them where they are going Ė Phulwa turns around and shows her the piece of soap and tells her that they are all going to bathe with it so that they all would become as pretty and fair as Champa. Champa feels shy on hearing this while the others laugh. Sona thinks that she will put an end to these tales about Champa's beauty and turn her into something which the whole village will witness.
Precap : Sona is inside Champa's room and tries to find some key. She gets two identical bunches and worry whether the keys will fit. She hurries as well so that no one else would enter the room. The door suddenly opens and she finds Phulwa, who had come to meet her sister, looking at her suspiciously.
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