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Gonzalo is a teenager, thus, he worries about what other people think. When he first discovers his uncle in the garden he is embarrassed, but he quickly comes to see that his uncle knows what he is doing, and those feelings of embarrassment become...
The summer heat on the community garden is killing the plants.
Virgil was careful to tend the lettuce carefully. When a neighbor, however, told him that they planted the seeds at the wrong time, he got angry at his father. Note, Virgil also felt sorry for him.