Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa

By Eiji Yoshikawa

While a Zen priest saves Musashi after the conflict of Sekigahara and confines him in solitude to coach and self-discipline his brain and spirit, Musashi makes an attempt to develop into the best samurai in Japan.

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Matahachi, her betrothed, was just a year older, and since he'd left Miyamoto with Takezo the previous summer, she'd heard nothing. Even into the first and second months of the new year, she'd yearned for word of him, but now the fourth month was at hand. She no longer dared hope. Lazily her gaze drifted up to the clouds, and a thought slowly emerged. " "Takezo's sister hasn't heard from him either. " Now and then she'd say this to someone, longing, almost pleading with her voice and eyes, for the other person to contradict her, to tell her not to give up.

Her false smile disappeared as she glared at the young woman before her. "I have been told 37 38 that young demon of this house has crawled back home. " Although Osugi's tongue was notorious for its sharpness, this undisguised maliciousness came as something of a shock to the gentle Ogin. " asked Ogin, with palpable restraint. Chameleon-like, Osugi changed her tactics. "A slip of the tongue, I assure you/' she said with a laugh. "That's what the people in the village call him; I suppose I picked it up from them.

Looking up, he inhaled deeply several times, as though trying to drink in the sunlight and all the air in the sky. Matahachi went sleepily into the hearth room, where he bid a cheery good morning to Oko and Akemi. " "Yes, most definitely. You look like you're both in mourning. What's there to be gloomy about? " Matahachi's dismay was not hard to fathom. He thought the widow and her daughter would be overjoyed at news of Temma's death. Indeed, the night before, Akemi had clapped her hands with glee when she first heard about it.

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