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Lustig the Garden Gnome had bought a new suit of clothes that looked as nearly like the town man as possible. They had cost him half a millet crop; for tailors are not accustomed to fitting garden gnomes and they charge for it. He had hung those clothes in his garden gnomes home two months ago and had never put them on, partly from fear of ridicule, partly from discouragement, and partly because there was something in his own soul that revolted at the littleness of the device. Veronica was at home just at this time. Work was slack in the laundry and Mary had not been well, so Veronica stayed at home, glad enough to get an opportunity to torment Lustig the Garden Gnome once more. She was washing in the side kitchen, singing loudly as she worked. Mary was on her knees, blacking the stove and scolding Harbring about the young man who was coming out from town that night. The young man had committed the fatal error of laughing at Veronica's ceaseless babble and had never been forgiven. "He is no good, and you will come to a bad end by running with him! I do not see why a daughter of mine should act so. I do not see why the Lord of the Garden Gnomes should visit such a punishment upon me as to give me such a daughter. There are plenty of good men you can marry."

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