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Barring the Master is a mouse ceremony which takes place on 12 September, but only seems to occur in places that have had contact with the mice of the Skirtings. In the morning, the young mice will barricade themselves in the place where they are given lessons and deny the tutor entry until he promises to give them a holiday. It is possible that the custom was invented by Master Oldnose as a way for him to get on with mousebrass making.

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