Fall 1979 • Vol. I No. 4 FictionOctober 1, 1979 |

Daphne

From the Japanese.  I think it must have been when, years ago, Mr Odera was living in a large thatch-roofed house somewhere in the suburbs. Out for a walk one early summer day, he wandered off in an unfamiliar direction. He noticed a lane at the end of a street lined with great keyaki trees.1 A brook at the side of the lane went underground as it came to the street. Idly, he started up the lane. In a large grove to the left were several lofty pine trees. The brook was densely lined with shrubs, among them privets in white flower. Beyond the brook was a wide barley field. He seemed to hear a strange voice. An old man was standing at the edge of the woods, hands on hips. He was chanting a Chinese poem in a high, tense voice. I do not remember whether or not it was a "whiplash voice," exactly, but the poem was a familiar one. His eyes were closed and he was chanting with great concentration. Apologetically, Mr Odera passed in front of him, and to his surprise the chanting stop

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