Ask the Dust
Brian E. Denton
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This chapter (V) offers an inventory of different ways you can take things that seem to belong to other people: the old man is weaving shoes with bark stripped from a tree in a garden (not his garden), the girls are plainly “stealing” the plums, the troops have to sign a receipt for the oats they are going to take, but they’ve already taken the hay and the spring wheat and spoiled the garden — although Alpatich is going to complain about the last of these.

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