By Noriko Mizuta Lippit, Kyoko Iriye Selden
"Here are jap ladies in endless and engaging kind -- ardent fans, lonely unmarried ladies, political activists, betrayed other halves, dependable other halves, protecting moms, embittered moms, committed daughters. ... a brand new feel of the richness of jap women's event, a brand new appreciation for emotions too lengthy submerged". -- the hot York instances ebook evaluate
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Otome, wrapped in a dyed kasuri nightcover with a soiled shoulder patch, and leaning her face against the table, sat immobile on a folded sewing board placed across a round, brown porcelain hibachi in which the ashes had congealed. Severe cold, coming down with the night from the black suburban sky where stars were shining, froze the streets and the earth of the farm fields, pierced the tin roof, and penetrated to the roots of her hair. She felt faintly the warmth of the electric bulb hanging low in front of the table.
The couple's life changed. At five o'clock in the morning, while it was still dark, Teinosuke sat up on his mattress and turned on the light above the faces of the family members sleeping next to one another in the narrow room. Preparing his pipe with a noise"pan, pan"he started to smoke. Grandma had left out an ashtray for him. Disturbed by the noise, Tsutomu, who had gone to bed around two o'clock in the morning, turned his body uncomfortably and pulled the cover over his face. Then Mitsuko started fussing.
Closing up the household and the five of them coming to live herehow would they eat? Something akin to fear spread through her and weighed on her. Isn't Tsutomu himself like his father to think of such a thing? she thought. Tsutomu, however, in between his various activities, had been thinking of this all day. He could not think of any ways to make money, either to send there or to bring Mitsuko back. It was evident that Teinosuke would sink deeper into poverty. In Tokyo, if Isamu worked, Teinosuke sold natto *, and Grandma did some part-time work at home using her skillful hands, they would at least be able to eat.
Japanese women writers: twentieth century short fiction by Noriko Mizuta Lippit, Kyoko Iriye Selden