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- To get past the guards at the city gates, Bear and Crispin dance and play. This method of drawing attention to themselves and distracting the guards allows them to get in without a single question.
- Inside the walls, Crispin is astonished and overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, and smells of a large city—he thought the whole world was like his little village.
- Everywhere, they see ribbons of gold and blue draped with black cloth; Bear says this means an important person has died.
- At last they arrive at the Green Man tavern where Bear has business.
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