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Very few French cities provided covered markets in those days. Fairs, religious festivals, peasant gatherings involving entire families—all took place out-of-doors, with merchants and merchandise alike exposed to every kind of weather. It was in this humble world that Gabrielle spent her childhood. The greatest problem for itinerant merchants was to find a city to work from. For two years Albert made Issoire the point of departure for his peregrinations. From the small-wares peddler that he was, Albert Chanel evolved into a sort of traveling salesman specializing in work clothes and under】

does"peasant gatherings involving entire families"mean "the whole family go out for shopping?"

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    I wouldn't interpret it as ""the whole family go out for shopping" because that's too limited (and grammatically incorrect - it would be "taking the whole family out to go shopping"). Here "peasant gatherings involving entire families" means basically any type of activity a poor family might do together. In this case, it's saying that there are many types of gatherings they might be involved with, but all took place outdoors and were exposed to the weather. It would include shopping, but doesn't stop there. Basically everything took place outside.

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