Rose returns to El Paso after burying her husband. Shortly after she arrives, Luisa gets word that her son has been found and Pancho Villa is bivouacked at the hacienda. Rose and Luisa take a rebel-commandeered train south, guided by a real life soldadera and riding on the roof (the horses ride inside). They reach the hacienda, meet up with Pancho Villa, and return to El Paso with the boy. On the way back Rose is moved and excited by the places and people she sees and wishes she had her camera with her. Upon their return, Luisa and her son are having problems bonding, but Rose’s idea of becoming a professional photographer grows. In order to set up her business, Rose accepts a job photographing the women at the parlor house (up-scale brothel) owned by Marty’s friend Mamie Chandler. She gets to know some of the women as she photographs them. One, Celeste, is a favorite of Mamie’s. She is delicate and almost child-like, and, unlike the other women, wears dresses with high collars that hide her neck. The other women don’t like her very much.
San Antonio Street, El Paso, Texas, 1911