In Chapter One, why did Tree-ear feel as if he was stealing?

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In Chapter One, Tree-ear meets a farmer as he rummages among the village's rubbish heaps for scraps of food. The farmer is carrying a wooden-straw container in a jiggeh filled with rice. A jiggeh is an open-framed backpack fashioned from branches.

As the farmer walks along, rice trickles out from a small hole in the straw box. Tree-ear watches him with abiding interest but great ambivalence. His conscience tells him that he should alert the farmer to his problem. At the same time, if he refrains from speaking, the...

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