And here’s a short scene I’ve been looking forward to for awhile. Traditional Romani culture is extremely family-focused, and this particular vurdon (caravan) is very traditional.
Romani people are frequently used as plot devices in pulpy Euro and American stories, dispensing curses or telling fortunes to get the plot rolling before being conveniently forgotten. I don’t care to contribute to that pile so much as I can help it, so while this is not a book about Roma protagonists, this family gets at least one scene of uninterrupted self-sufficiency and a chance to address their own concerns.
Due to social divisions and a cultural preference for oral history, reliable inside sources on the life of the many and diverse Roma populations of the 18th century are virtually non-existent. But you can find some good information, compiled by, for, or with Roma people, at outreach sites like Roma in the Czech Republic and the [romani] Project, and help me correct what I’m getting wrong.