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2005/07/31

超人の面白読書 2 洋書 Memoirs of a Geisha written by Arthur Gollden

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At length I heard the maids greeting someone in the front entrance hall bellow,and Mother went down the stairs. When she came back a few minutes later she wasn't escorting Dr. Crab at all,but a much younger man with smooth silver hair,carrying a leather bag.
"This is the girl,"Mother said to him.
I bowed to the young doctor,who bowed back to me.
"Ma'am,"he said to Mother,"Where shall we ...?"
Mother told him the room we were in would be fine. The way she closed the door,I knew something unpleasant was about to happen. She began by untying my obi and folding it on the table. Then she slipped the kimono from my shoulders and hung it on the stand in the corner. I stood in my yellow underrobe as calmly as I knew how,but in a moment Mother began to untie the waistband that held my underrobe shut.
I couldn't quite stop myself from putting my arms in her way-though she pushed them aside just as the Baron had done, which gave me a sick feeling. Afer she'd removed the waistband,she reached inside and pulled out my koshimaki-once again,just as it had happened in Hokone. I didn't like this a bit,but instead of pulling open my robe as the Baron had,she refolded it around me and told me to lie down on the mats.
The doctor knelt at my feet and, after apologizing,peeled open my underrobe to expose my legs. Mameha had told me a little about mizuage,but it seemed to me I was about to learn more.
Had the bidding ended,and this young doctor emerged the winner ? What about Dr.Crab and Nobu ? It even crossed my mind that Mother might be intentionally sabotaging Mameha's plans. The young doctor adjusted my legs and reached between them with his hand,which I had noticed was smooth and graceful like the Chairman's. I felt so humiliated and exposed that I had to cover my face. I wanted to draw my legs together,
but I was afraid anything that made his task more difficult would only prolong the encounter. So I lay with my eyes pinched shut, holding my breath. I felt as little Taku must have felt the time he choked on a needle,and Auntie held his jaws open while Mother put her finger down his throat. At one point I think the doctor had both of his hands between my legs; but at last he took them away,and folded my robe shut.
When I opend my eyes, I saw him wiping his hands on a cloth.
"The girl is intact,"he said.
"Well, that's fine news !" Mother replied."And will there be much blood ?"
"There shouldn't be any blood at all. I only examined her visually."
"No, I mean during mizuage.
"I couldn't say. The usual amount, I should expect."
When the young silver-haired doctor had taken his leave, Mother helped me dress and instructed me to sit at the table. Then without any warning, she grabbed my earlobe and pulled it so hard I cried out.
She helped me like that,with my head close to hers,while she said;
"You're a very expensive commodity,little girl, I underestimated you. I'm lucky nothing has happened. But you may be very sure I'm going to watch you more closely in the future. What a man wants from you, a man will pay dearly to get. Do you follow me ?"
"Yes,ma'am !"I said. Of course, I would have said yes to anything, considering how hard she was pulling on my ear.
"If you give a man freely what he ought to pay for, you'll be cheating this okiya. You'll owe money, and I'll take it from you. And I'm not just talking about this !" Here mother made a gruesome noise with her free hand-rubbing her fingers against her palm to make a squishing sound.
"Men will pay for that," she went on. "But they'll pay just to chat with you too. If I find you sneaking off to meet, even if it's just for a little talk..." "And here she finished her thought by giving another sharp tug on my earlobe before letting it go.(from P.272-P.274)

to be continued


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