Beauty and Sadness

By Yasunari Kawabata

Translation of: Utsukushisa to kanashimi to.

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You shouldn’t tickle me together with your breath like that. I hate males who tease. ’ ‘I’m no longer teasing. ’ at the verge of laughter, he learned for the 1st time that his fingers have been round her, aiding her as she lay there throughout his lap. He used to be aware of the burden of her physique, and but of a buoyant softness to it. Keiko’s lengthy kimono sleeves had slipped again, and her naked hands have been nonetheless round his neck. all at once he was once additionally aware of the cool contact of her tender, wet pores and skin. ‘Teasing your lovely ear, am I?

Is anything bothering you? ’ she requested. Otoko kept away from her eyes. ‘Keiko, any further please don’t do it in entrance of me. ’ ‘I by no means are looking to cover something from you back. i've got not more secrets and techniques from you. ’ ‘Surely you needn’t express me whatever i locate offensive. ’ ‘You’ll get used to it. It’s similar to trimming toenails. ’ ‘You shouldn’t do your nails in entrance of individuals both. if you happen to clip your nails you allow them to fly … Cup your hand so the clippings won’t escape. ’ Keiko meekly agreed. After that, even if, Keiko neither flaunted nor hid her efforts to take away hair from her legs and arms.

Keiko requested. ‘No, I’ll stay up for you. ’ He felt a bit self-conscious being with a lady who attracted a lot realization. ‘Oh? I’d similar to a short dip,’ she stated. ‘It’s my first this 12 months, and that i are looking to see how I do. ’ Weeping willows and cherry bushes stood at periods at the garden alongside the shore. Taichiro sat down at the bench within the coloration of an outdated elm and appeared towards the pool. He couldn't see Keiko till she was once status at the low diving board, poised to dive. Keiko’s taut physique used to be silhouetted opposed to Lake Biwa and the far-off mountains.

His eyes stopped ahead of one among her ears. ‘If you retain on at that fee, you'll end up removing a kind of beautiful ears. ’ ‘I’m no longer a genius like Van Gogh! somebody should chunk it off for me. ’ Startled, Oki twisted sharply round to her, and Keiko stuck carry of him to regular herself. ‘I loathe subdued emotions,’ she acknowledged, no longer moving her place. With the least strain she might have collapsed helplessly into his palms, able to be kissed. yet he didn't flow. She remained immobile too.

Otoko acquired numerous extra proposals whereas her mom used to be alive. ‘It’s no sturdy brooding about Mr Oki,’ her mom acknowledged, urging her to marry. It was once extra an attraction than a caution. ‘There’s not anything you are able to do. looking ahead to Mr Oki is like looking ahead to the previous – time and the river won’t circulate backward. ’ ‘I’m no longer looking forward to anyone,’ Otoko answered. ‘You simply hold taking into account him? You can’t omit him? ’ ‘It’s now not that. ’ ‘Are you definite? … You have been just a baby whilst he seduced you – an blameless baby, if ever there has been one – so possibly that’s why it’s left a scar.

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