"Which Royal Highness? Well whichever Royal Highness, this braggart's posing did the Highness no favors."
"The Royal Highness garb too was a bust, so the braggart, having exhausted himself of ideas, gave up and slunk away in defeat."
"Taking his just deserts."
"In part at least - a labor camp was his better just deserts. -- But anyway, the townsfolk were still in a bind. They gathered again and talked again, but no one came forward to champion the task. They'd reached the end of their rope."
"Is that the end?"
"Not quite. As one final effort, they hired all the cartment and rogues they could find to parade around the Jizō and stir up a ruckus. Hoping to pester it so that it had to leave, they banged and clattered day and night in shifts."
"A noble effort for sure."
"Even at that, to no effect at all. The Jizō prevailed in its obstinance."
"What did they do then?" Tonko eagerly asks.
"At that point, after days and days of fruitless clamor, they decided enough was enough, but the cartmen and rogues, happy to bang and clang for their daily stipends, kept on and on."
"Yukie, what's a stipend?" Sunko asks.
"A stipend means pay. Money."
"What did they buy with money they got?"