Saint of Mt. Koya
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" 'What are you doing?' scolded the woman. 'You can eat later. Can't you see that we have a guest?'

"The idiot made a mournful face, turned down the corners of his mouth, and shook his head.

" 'What? You don't want to wait? Well then, I guess you will have to eat with the gentleman here. Please excuse him,' she said to me.

"Without thinking, I put my chopsticks down. 'Oh please go ahead. Don't mind about me. I don't want to cause you any trouble.'

" 'Oh no, it's no trouble.' Turning to the idiot, she said, 'It will be better if you wait and eat later with me. Otherwise you will just be making a nuisance of yourself.' She seemed quite pleasant about the whole thing, but a short time later she had prepared for him a tray of food that was the same as mine. She was very wife-like in the way she served his food, but at the same time, there was something elegant, refined, and aristocratic about her.

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