Playing-- The Game; A Story of Japan

Playing-- The Game; A Story of Japan

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...are you doing? " she screamed at them, in Japanese, in a passion as fierce as their own. "Off with you, off with you!" they yelled. "What right has a foreigner to be here when a god is about to appear?" The last moment had come for her and Rich, but she would have the happiness of dying with him. Her strength had gone. She could no longer fight them away from the handles. She was losing consciousness fast; she only just made out that the priest stood by her again. "Release the handles, my daughter! No man ever openeth or closeth the doors when the god is within. Let me take thee to the Abbot." Extreme danger sharpens the faculties. She understood that no one would attempt to enter the treasury; that things would remain as they were, unless some mania impelled the reckless Rich to sally out. And yet, when it meant life or death, that he should stay where he was, her wits could devise no means of conveying this to him. The only thing to do was to trust the priest. She knew the Abbot to be one of the ablest and most powerful ecclesiastics in Japan. What line would he take? She, alas, could think of but one. The Abbot was an old, old man, with a face singularly like that of Pope Leo XIII., dignified, benignant and holy. He greeted her with politeness and friendliness, but passed straight on to saying: " This is one of the most serious episodes which has ever happened in our relations with foreigners, CandidaSan. If the crowd gets hold of your friend, he will be torn in pieces." She had no wish to play her trumps till she was obliged, so she said deferentially: "It is for your Excellency to speak. I listen." "You and your friend and this bad man, who has insulted our religion, can you...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123674750X
  • 9781236747501