This story with slight plot illustrates a frequent episode in those parts of the world where the hem of Christendom touches great pagan civilizations. The book is very true to life in the treaty ports of Japan, and has strength and power. It is the old story of an honorable man, Christian by inheritance and training, whose conscience revolts at the method of life usually followed by unmarried white men and widowers in these ports. To have a Japanese housekeeper or playmate, pretty and dainty as she often is, is not particularly frowned upon by "society." The white man thus living is accepted at the club, in business, on the street, and at social gatherings. If, however, in conscience and honor he marries the Japanese girl, he is socially cast out. Our author intimates that narrow-mindedness and prejudice may be necessary as conservers of civilization.
ocent confidence amazed him and filled him with a vague, fearful kind of joy.
As for Sasa-San, it may be doubted if she thought at all; or if she did she was conscious only of a dreamy, delightful languor which she hoped would never end. He had come to her out of her dreams, come to her fragrant of the plum-blossom, with the gold of the sun in his eyes, and she moved in a dim, delightful world she did not understand. Before her stretched the magnificence of space, mystically calm and sweet; yet made odorous by the presence of her beloved bloom, and filled with the spirit of her lover.
Though vast the space, the distance infinite;though it was peopled with strange shadows which moved dimly before her, she felt never a thrill of fear; for his arms were about her, and not even the mighty Tametomo, he of the bow which no two men could bend, could force those arms asunder.
As Tresilian pensively walked back to his bungalow he grew exceedingly troubled in mind, for he realized that thi
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