"'He had to keep the pot. That's why he couldn't get them off the road.'" Pg. 8
"Far ahead on the road Elisa saw a dark speck. She knew." Pg. 8
After Elisa saw that the man in the caravan had thrown out her flowers, she is hopelessly trying to convince herself that he had to keep the pot- at least one piece of her for him to take on his travels. However, her attempts at convincing herself fail as the story ends with her hiding her tears from her husband. She realizes that the peddler had lied to her and threw away her closest she ever was to her chance. Even if it's not her, not physically, who is actually traveling and living independently, her flowers were a symbol of her and this was her only way of tasting adventure. But dreams will only stay dreams, for the reality of this was that she was only a woman.
"All the way home, she pictured him searching in the night. The picture pleased her. He might even find the gnomes, might live with them and talk to them. With a few suggestive words, she had been able to make his life unreal and very wonderful, and separated from the stupid lives about him. She deeply envied him his searching." Pg. 7
"'Why should I deny gnomes to this queer, unfinished child? Wouldn't his life be richer and happier if he did believe in them? And what harm could it possibly do?'" Pg. 7
Miss Morgan believed that if Tularecito kept believing in the existence of gnomes, "his people", it would be a good thing for him to keep dreaming. However, Tularecito became blinded by hope and ended up not only never finding "his people", but he also almost killed someone. The reality was that sometimes it's better if dreams stay dreams.