By Natsume Sōseki
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Translated to English through Norma Moore Field
And Then, ranked as one in all Soseki Natsume's so much insightful and stirring novels, tells the tale of Daisuke, a tender jap guy being affected by his own objective and identification, in addition to the altering social panorama of Meiji-era Japan. As Japan enters the 20 th century, historic customs cave in to western beliefs, making a excellent hurricane of swap in a tradition that operates at the razor's fringe of societal legal responsibility and private freedom.
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Even he was chary of showing himself, and turned up mostly by night; and pretty soon he began to table his cards and make up to Uma. I was still sore about Ioane, and when Case turned up in the same line of business I cut up downright rough. " "Now you talk silly," said she. "White man, he come here, I marry him alle-same Kanaka; very well then, he marry me all-e-same white woman. Suppose he no marry, he go 'way, woman he stop. All-e-same thief, empty hand, Tonga-heart—no can love! Now you come marry me.
We traders have a lot of gall, I must say; we make these poor Kanakas take back their laws, and take up their taboos, and that, whenever it happens to suit us. But you don't mean to say you expect a law obliging people to deal in your store whether they want to or not? You don't mean to tell me you've got the gall for that? And if you had, it would be a queer thing to propose to me. " "I don't think I would talk of gall if I was you," said I. "Here's about what it comes to, as well as I can make out: None of the people are to trade with me, and they're all to trade with you.
A bit along the path I was brought to a clear stand, and had to rub my eyes. There was a wall in front of me, the path passing it by a gap; it was tumbledown and plainly very old, but built of big stones very well laid; and there is no native alive to-day upon that island that could dream of such a piece of building. Along all the top of it was a line of queer figures, idols or scarecrows, or what not. They had carved and painted faces ugly to view, their eyes and teeth were of shell, their hair and their bright clothes blew in the wind, and some of them worked with the tugging.
And Then by Natsume Sōseki