Eragon journeys back from the Spine into the village of Carvahall, where he goes to the butcher's shop. The butcher, Sloan, first asks him for money. When Eragon shows him the stone, he accepts. However, when Eragon tells him that he found it in the Spine, Sloan tells him to leave immediately. Then Horst, Carvahall's blacksmith, and Katrina, Sloan's daughter, enter. Sloan accuses Eragon of harassing him, but Horst defends him. Horst pays for the meat and leaves with Eragon. Horst tells Eragon to be his apprentice while his son is away. Eragon sends Horst with a message from Roran, Eragon's cousin, to Katrina. The two are in love. They part, and Eragon goes home. He lives on a farm near the village with Roran and Roran's father, Garrow. Eragon tells his uncle about the trip. When he mentions about the frost, Garrow says they'll need to harvest the wheat and squash. tomorrow, so that the rest will be done before the cold sets in. Garrow also says that Sloan is bitter about the Spine as his wife Ismira fell over the Igualda Falls the year before Eragon was brought to Carvahall.
Well, the mighty hunter joins the rest of us mortals. How many did you bag this time?— Sloan on Eragon