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Feb 12th 2012 4:04PM Nancy, the author was correct by using the word "hawking". This practice was quite common in the public markets of that time. "To hawk" was to offer an item for sale by calling out in the street. (Webster's dictionary)
Feb 12th 2012 3:57PM No, the author was correct with the word that was used. To "hawk" an item was to stand in a public market or square and offer an item for sale by calling out or "hawking". This practice was quite common. Please check your facts before correcting someone else!