Remembering a Culture

Everything was simple then: people, lifestyles, and even burglars. The most dangerous weapon was a knife, although it was difficult to attempt a theft in the houses of large families. Still burglars would sometimes manage to take away whatever they could. In one of the houses in our neighbourhood, the burglar swept the house when no male member was at home; he made a bundle of all looted stuff, packed it all in a bed sheet, and pulled it onto his back; this was the normal way washers used to collect clothes from each house. When he stepped outside, the master of the house was entering, and the burglar smiled and wished him well, and the master wished him well in return, thinking the guy had come to collect the clothes. When the master entered the house and came to learn about the robbery, it was too late, the man had already vanished.

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