Woman by the Gate

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We were visiting a small provincial town, in a neighborhood that probably gets to see very few strangers.  And so there was a little commotion and among the first ones to meet us was this lady.  At first she was just watching intently by the gate but she joined us later to answer some of our questions.  My first impression was that she was shy but I was surprised by the amount of information she knew about her place — many of which she probably gathered by watching things unfold by that old gate.

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