1. How can Daru tell that one of the two men approaching the schoolhouse knows the region well?
Daru can tell one of the two men approaching the schoolhouse knows the region well because he is able to follow the trail up the hillside even though it is covered in snow.
2. How long does Daru estimate it will take the travelers to arrive at the schoolhouse from the first time he notices them?
Daru estimates it will be about another thirty-minutes until the travelers reach the schoolhouse.
3. Why have the villagers stopped coming to the schoolhouse?
The villagers have stopped coming to the schoolhouse because there has just been a three day long blizzard, and it has prevented them from reaching the schoolhouse.
4. When will the villagers return to the schoolhouse?
The villagers will return to the schoolhouse when the weather is better.
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