Oh, I remember all too well doing that as a kid. ACTING all surprised. Knowing I was caught. And now as a adult, when I’m around kids I can see how painfully, almost endearingly, transparent it is.
If I remember correctly, when I was writing this I was thinking, sheesh, communes are fine things with the right good-natured people. So, I allowed Vachel to keep his line for the joke, and let Blake say something sweet about ‘em.