Daughters of Nijo; A Romance of Japan

Daughters of Nijo; A Romance of Japan

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...drawn. Suddenly she raised her face defiantly. "I am not unappreciative of their good qualities. It was not my fault that I was fashioned--so!" She smote her hands against her breast with an eloquent gesture. "Yet, I confess, since I was but a little child, I have felt like one oppressed--caged--stifled! Still I was deemed submissive! My lips were sealed in silence. I was patient, for only once did I protest against the dull monotony of my lot. I asked Yamada Kwacho for just one year of freedom. I did not name it such, but such it was. For this small respite, Sado-ko, I tied my life to another's and affianced myself to Junzo. It was a bitter moment." "You did not love him?" asked the princess, in a timid, most beseeching voice. "I did not even look upon him," returned Masago, impatiently. "He was my father's choice, not mine. I--see, look here, O princess!" She held before the eyes of Sado-ko the printed picture of the Prince Komatzu, then continued swiftly, with passionate vehemence: --"This was my hero! I went up to Kyoto not to study." She arose and began to walk across the chamber, clasping and unclasping her hands as she spoke. "I saw the noble palaces of my ancestors, --yes, mine! I lingered, wandered in the streets outside--think of it!--outside the walls! I watched at every gate, and saw the corteges and the trains of the nobles and the princes pass and repass back and forth; and oh! while I must fall upon my face--I! And once, just once, I touched the august sword of Prince Komatzu. Thus! It was thus I did so." She swung her long sleeve till it barely grazed tffe head of Sado-ko, in illustration. "'Twas in a public place he spoke. They set him up like any common...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236535995
  • 9781236535993