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own self-criticisms. It is quite true that the
townswomen gossip about her to no end, but if she could stop and listen, they gossip
about each other just as much. She does not comprehend that the common means of
conversation in the town are achieved through the criticizing of others. Carol will never
attain her dream village if she does not learn how to communicate with, understand and
work with the people of Gopher Prairie.