…after taking some time to size Jim up and decide that he can trust him, Carl tells Jim about his plan to escape.
« You see, » Carl says « for the first 5 years I was inside, I trained my digestive system to follow my command. Now I can eat something and it comes out broken down into it’s components. » Jim is skeptical, but intrigued.
Carl continues: « For the last five years, I’ve been swallowing pieces off my uniform. It’s perfect, because the guards just think it’s rats chewing on it. »
So Jim asks, « Well, what does that have to do with me? How can I help? »
Carl says « Well, the pieces of fabric come out as individual fibers. I figure by this time next year, we’ll have enough to fashion enough rope to get over the wall. I just need you to tie the fibers. »
Jim, disgusted, says « You have got to be kidding me! »
And Carl says « I shit. You knot. »