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The Way of the Gods   By: (1861-1927)

The Way of the Gods by John Luther Long

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THE WAY OF THE GODS

By JOHN LUTHER LONG

Author of "MADAME BUTTERFLY" "MISS CHERRY BLOSSOM" "THE FOX WOMAN" "HEIMWEH" Etc.

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY NEW YORK MCMVI LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD.

COPYRIGHT, 1906, BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

Set up and electrotyped. Published April, 1906.

Norwood Press J. S. Cushing & Co. Berwick & Smith Co. Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

TO HIM WHO OWNS HIS JOY BECAUSE HE HAS BOUGHT IT WITH SORROW OR WILL

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TADAIMA! (Wait a moment!), 3

CONTENTS

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IMPRIMIS 13

I Nippon Denji 19

II The Flying of the August Carp 29

III A Good Lie 37

IV Yet a Lie Loosens Fealty 47

V Yamato Damashii 55

VI Yoné 65

VII Ping Yang 75

VIII Dream of a Star 81

IX Isonna 93

X The Task of Jizo 101

XI Angel of the Earth Heaven 109

XII Impertinent Isonna 119

XIII Only to Take Her 129

XIV The Going of the Soldier 137

XV But What could He Do? 143

XVI The Making of a Goddess 153

XVII The Eta 161

XVIII To the Emperor 169

XIX On Miyagi Field 175

XX Faded Glory 183

XXI In the Andon's Light 195

XXII Tadaima Tadaima! 203

XXIII The Pity of the Gods 215

XXIV The Land of the Brave 225

XXV Jones 231

XXVI The "Tsarevitch" 241

XXVII The Small White Death 251

XXVIII "Present for Duty" 261

XXIX The Reincarnation of Shijiro Arisuga 269

XXX Zanzi, Lover of Battles 279

XXXI The Tomb of Lord Esas 285

XXXII When the Watch Passed 297

XXXIII Teikoku Banzai 303

XXXIV Afterward 311

TADAIMA

I thought I saw the bronze god Asamra (he who may speak but once in a thousand years, and whose friendship I keep by making time stand still for him in the stopping of the clock and its turning back) shake his head in doubt as I put the manuscript into its wrappings and addressed it to the publisher.

"Well?" I inquired, testily.

"Suppose They do not like it?" sighed the god.

"Why should They not?" demanded I, loftily.

"It has, among other unusualities, (I hope you like the gentleness of the word!) those dashes which You ought to have learned by this time that They don't like to read over dashes."

"Why not?" asked I, again. " I like them. And, they are my own!"

"Well, you know a dash necessitates lucubration. It stands for something which you trust your reader to supply. That is unfair. If you are writing a book and receiving an honorarium for it, do not expect him to do it. It is a bit like eating. One does not go to a restaurant, and pay for his food, then cook it himself."

"I have seen it done," cried I, "by particular people!"

"Ahem!" murmured the polite god: more polite on this day than I had recently observed him which meant some sort of propaganda.

"It is not an ahem!" I went on in the unregenerate heat which the friction of the god often engendered in me... Continue reading book >>




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