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“If you ask the gadje about the Gypsies, they call us thieves, but all
Gypsies know it is the gadje who are the worst thieves. We Rom know if
the gadje had their way, they would own everything, and if they could, they
would even claim to possess the sun and then charge everyone else for

Whenever the Rom encountered some especially astonishing gadje
claim of ownership, we could only shrug and remark to remind
ourselves of the earth’s true intent.

We would say to one another, “after all, some shade
is good for everyone”.

                                                   The Gypsy’s Song


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