300 short stories:: story 147

story: Wealth and Poverty (Himpuku-ron)

author: Ueda Akinari

year: 1776

where: bed

note: from Ugetsu Monogatari or Tales of Moonlight and Rain (Routledge Revivals) : A Complete English Version of the Eighteenth-Century Japanese Collection of Tales of the Supernatural, Routledge, 2012

a line: “If a man is idle, he can in time consume even Mt T’ai. In the end he can drink dry even the rivers and oceans.”

extra line: “It’s impossible for any samurai to sleep peacefully on his pillow. As matters stand now, the government seems un­likely to endure. Can anyone bring unity and give the people peace?”

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