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Shadowings   By: (1850-1904)

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SHADOWINGS

BY LAFCADIO HEARN LECTURER ON ENGLISH LITERATURE IN THE IMPERIAL UNIVERSITY, TÔKYÔ, JAPAN

AUTHOR OF "EXOTICS AND RETROSPECTIVES," "IN GHOSTLY JAPAN," ETC., ETC.

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BOSTON LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY 1919

Copyright, 1900 , BY LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY

All rights reserved

Printers S. J. PARKHILL & CO. BOSTON, U. S. A.

Contents

STORIES FROM STRANGE BOOKS:

I. THE RECONCILIATION 5

II. A LEGEND OF FUGEN BOSATSU 15

III. THE SCREEN MAIDEN 23

IV. THE CORPSE RIDER 33

V. THE SYMPATHY OF BENTEN 41

VI. THE GRATITUDE OF THE SAMÉBITO 57

JAPANESE STUDIES:

I. SÉMI 71

II. JAPANESE FEMALE NAMES 105

III. OLD JAPANESE SONGS 157

FANTASIES:

I. NOCTILUCÆ 197

II. A MYSTERY OF CROWDS 203

III. GOTHIC HORROR 213

IV. LEVITATION 225

V. NIGHTMARE TOUCH 235

VI. READINGS FROM A DREAM BOOK 249

VII. IN A PAIR OF EYES 265

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PLATE I 72 1 2, Young Sémi. 3 4, Haru Zémi , also called Nawashiro Zémi .

PLATE II 76 " Shinné Shinné " also called Yama Zémi , and Kuma Zémi .

PLATE III 80 Aburazémi.

PLATE IV 84 1 2, Mugikari Zémi , also called Goshiki Zémi . 3, Higurashi . 4, " Min Min Zémi ."

PLATE V 88 1, " Tsuku tsuku Bôshi ," also called " Kutsu kutsu Bôshi ," etc. ( Cosmopsaltria Opalifera? ) 2, Tsurigané Zémi . 3, The Phantom .

STORIES FROM STRANGE BOOKS

Il avait vu brûler d'étranges pierres, Jadis, dans les brasiers de la pensée ...

ÉMILE VERHAEREN

The Reconciliation[1]

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[1] The original story is to be found in the curious volume entitled Konséki Monogatari

THERE was a young Samurai of Kyôto who had been reduced to poverty by the ruin of his lord, and found himself obliged to leave his home, and to take service with the Governor of a distant province. Before quitting the capital, this Samurai divorced his wife, a good and beautiful woman, under the belief that he could better obtain promotion by another alliance. He then married the daughter of a family of some distinction, and took her with him to the district whither he had been called.

But it was in the time of the thoughtlessness of youth, and the sharp experience of want, that the Samurai could not understand the worth of the affection so lightly cast away... Continue reading book >>




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