Much to Ekay’s surprise, his father is rather sympathetic and understanding. He grants his son permission to remain in the next village, and will even give him some of his tools to get him started in establishing a permanent storefront.
The father is also entrusting young Pekk to Ekay’s care. He agrees that Pekk would be safer living in a village than constantly on the road, and notes that Pekk is old enough to begin his formal education by the following year. This will prepare Pekk for adult life and aid him in choosing a trade to specialize in — be it the life of an artisan, or as a cattle herder.
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