Saint of Mt. Koya
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"The idiot raised his dull gaze to the level of the plate and looking about mumbled, 'That one. Give me that one.'

"The woman gave him a firm look and said, 'That's all right now. You get to eat those things all the time. Tonight, though, we have a guest.'

" 'No, no, please, please,' he said quivering and whimpering. The woman was evidently distressed by this and I felt sorry for her that she was in such an awkward and embarrassing situation.

" 'I don't know what he wants, Miss, but please do as he asks. It will make me feel uneasy if you do too much for me,' I said politely.

"The woman tried once more, saying, 'Don't you like this food? Is it no good?'

"The idiot boy still seemed on the verge of tears, so the woman with a reproachful look at him went to the broken cupboard and got something from a bowl for him and placed it on his tray. 'All right, then, have this.' She spoke peevishly, but had a smile on her face.

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