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What is the central conflict in "The Outcasts of Poker Flat"?

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The central conflict in the short story revolves around the outcasts, who are escorted to the edge of town and warned not to return.  The town has decided to purify itself of undesirables, people who are a prostitute, the Duchess, a gambler, John Oakhurst, Mother Shipton who is a madam, the woman who is in charge of the prostitutes, and Uncle Billy a drunk.

After these four are expelled from Poker Flat, they encounter on the road out of town two innocent young people, Tom Simson and Piney...

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