Sapphire looks on with her hands behind her back making two fingers crossed hoping that whatever Thorin said would be good enough to gain some lodgings or at least some information about the village. She says nothing.
"Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't." Hamlet Act II, Scene II, William Shakespeare
Upon hearing the voice of a stranger she is notably surprised. She squints hard to see you, shows no emotion and then goes silent which makes you a bit worried. Then, without much fuss she turns and says,
"Well come, don't let the chill in and make sure to shaketh the dust from thy footing before entering."
You go into the old woman's hut and see nothing remarkable or unexpected. She bids you to have a seat and says,
"I have a brew on I will maketh fer thee too. Like thine with sugar or milk or both?"
Thorin smiles and looks at his companions knowing that they may have a chance here. He quickly replies to his new host, "I'll take milk and sugar… the sweeter the better." Making some small talk he asks if she is alone, how it feels to be at her age and what life is like in the village.
The old woman makes a brew and gives it to Thorin. He sips and pleasantly surprised by how good it tastes. She has a seat and says, "Ye be not from these parts, why art thou here and what dost thou needest?"
While you are not shocked that she could figure your ignorance about the village you are surprised that she is more quick of mind that you had presumed.
Further to this she explains that she is one of the older matriarchs of the village. Those born in the village always return once a year to absolve their sins through the process of exorcism. She explains that as you live life evilness gets the better of you and you have to be absolved of the sins through a sacrifice.
She sips from her own cup awaiting anything you wish to ask.