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Sadao had taken this into his mind as he did, everything his father said his father who never joked or. played with him but who spent infinite pains upon him. who was his only son Sadao knew that his education was. his father s chief concern For this reason he had been. sent at twenty two to America to learn all that could be. learned of surgery and medicine He had come back at. thirty and before his father died he had seen Sadao become. famous not only as a surgeon but as a scientist Because. he was perfecting a discovery which would render wounds. entirely clean he had not been sent abroad with the troops. Also he knew there was some slight danger that the old. General might need an operation for a condition for which. he was now being treated medically and for this possibility. Sadao was being kept in Japan, Clouds were rising from the ocean now The unexpected. warmth of the past few days had at night drawn heavy fog. from the cold waves Sadao watched mists hide outlines of. a little island near the shore and then come creeping up. the beach below the house wreathing around the pines. In a few minutes fog would be wrapped about the house. too Then he would go into the room where Hana his wife. would be waiting for him with the two children,But at this moment the door opened and she looked. out a dark blue woollen haori1 over her kimono She came. to him affectionately and put her arm through his as he. stood smiled and said nothing He had met Hana in, America but he had waited to fall in love with her until he. was sure she was Japanese His father would never have. received her unless she had been pure in her race He. wondered often whom he would have married if he had not. met Hana and by what luck he had found her in the most. casual way by chance literally at an American professor s. house The professor and his wife had been kind people. anxious to do something for their few foreign students. and the students though bored had accepted this, kindness Sadao had often told Hana how nearly he had.
not gone to Professor Harley s house that night the rooms. haori a loose outer garment worn over the kimono,The Enemy 25. were so small the food so bad the professor s wife so. voluble But he had gone and there he had found Hana a. new student and had felt he would love her if it were at. all possible, Now he felt her hand on his arm and was aware of the. pleasure it gave him even though they had been married. years enough to have the two children For they had not. married heedlessly in America They had finished their work. at school and had come home to Japan and when his, father had seen her the marriage had been arranged in. the old Japanese way although Sadao and Hana had talked. everything over beforehand They were perfectly happy She. laid her cheek against his arm,It was at this moment that. both of them saw,something black come out,of the mists It was a man.
He was flung up out of the,ocean flung it,seemed to his feet by a. breaker He staggered a,few steps his body,outlined against the mist. his arms above his head,Then the curled mists hid,Who is that Hana. cried She dropped Sadao s,arm and they both leaned. over the railing of the,veranda Now they,saw him again The.
man was on his,hands and knees,crawling Then they saw him. fall on his face and lie there,A fisherman perhaps Sadao. said washed from his boat He ran,quickly down the steps and behind him. Hana came her wide sleeves flying A mile or two away on. either side there were fishing villages but here was only. the bare and lonely coast dangerous with rocks The surf. beyond the beach was spiked with rocks Somehow the. man had managed to come through them he must be,badly torn. They saw when they came toward him that indeed it, was so The sand on one side of him had already a stain of.
red soaking through,He is wounded Sadao exclaimed He made haste to. the man who lay motionless his face in the sand An old. cap stuck to his head soaked with sea water He was in. wet rags of garments Sadao stopped Hana at his side. and turned the man s head They saw the face,A white man Hana whispered. Yes it was a white man The wet cap fell away and, there was his wet yellow hair long as though for many. weeks it had not been cut and upon his young and tortured. face was a rough yellow beard He was,unconscious and knew nothing that they. did for him,Now Sadao remembered the wound,and with his expert fingers he began to.
search for it Blood flowed freshly at his,touch On the right side of his lower back. Will Dr Sadao be, Sadao saw that a gun wound had been arrested on the. reopened The flesh was blackened with charge of,powder Sometime not many days ago harbouring an. the man had been shot and had not been enemy,tended It was bad chance that the rock. had struck the wound,Oh how he is bleeding Hana whispered again in a.
solemn voice The mists screened them now completely. and at this time of day no one came by The fishermen had. gone home and even the chance beachcombers would have. considered the day at an end,What shall we do with this man Sadao muttered. But his trained hands seemed of their own will to be doing. what they could to stanch the fearful bleeding He packed. The Enemy 27, the wound with the sea moss that strewed the beach The. man moaned with pain in his stupor but he did not awaken. The best thing that we could do would be to put him. back in the sea Sadao said answering himself, Now that the bleeding was stopped for the moment he. stood up and dusted the sand from his hands,Yes undoubtedly that would be best Hana said. steadily But she continued to stare down at the motionless. If we sheltered a white man in our house we should. be arrested and if we turned him over as a prisoner he. would certainly die Sadao said, The kindest thing would be to put him back into the.
sea Hana said But neither of them moved They were, staring with a curious repulsion upon the inert figure. What is he Hana whispered,There is something about him that looks American. Sadao said He took up the battered cap Yes there almost. gone was the faint lettering A sailor he said from an. American warship He spelled it out U S Navy The man. was a prisoner of war,He has escaped Hana cried softly and that is why. he is wounded,In the back Sadao agreed, They hesitated looking at each other Then Hana said. with resolution,Come are we able to put him back into the sea.
If I am able are you Sadao asked,No Hana said But if you can do it alone. Sadao hesitated again The strange thing is he said. that if the man were whole I could turn him over to the. police without difficulty I care nothing for him He is my. enemy All Americans are my enemy And he is only a, common fellow You see how foolish his face is But since. he is wounded,You also cannot throw him back to the sea Hana. said Then there is only one thing to do We must carry. him into the house,But the servants Sadao inquired. We must simply tell them that we intend to give him. to the police as indeed we must Sadao We must think. of the children and your position It would endanger all of. us if we did not give this man over as a prisoner of war. Certainly Sadao agreed I would not think of doing,anything else.
Thus agreed together they lifted the man He was very. light like a fowl that had been half starved for a long time. until it is only feathers and skeleton So his arms hanging. they carried him up the steps and into the side door of the. house This door opened into a passage and down the. passage they carried the man towards an empty bedroom. It had been the bedroom of Sadao s father and since his. death it had not been used They laid the man on the. deeply matted floor Everything here had been Japanese to. please the old man who would never in his own home sit. on a chair or sleep in a foreign bed Hana went to the wall. cupboards and slid back a door and took out a soft quilt. She hesitated The quilt was covered with flowered silk and. the lining was pure white silk,He is so dirty she murmured in distress. Yes he had better be washed Sadao agreed If you,will fetch hot water I will wash him. I cannot bear for you to touch him she said We, shall have to tell the servants he is here I will tell Yumi. now She can leave the children for a few minutes and she. can wash him,Sadao considered a moment Let it be so he agreed. You tell Yumi and I will tell the others, But the utter pallor of the man s unconscious face.
moved him first to stoop and feel his pulse It was faint but. it was there He put his hand against the man s cold breast. The heart too was yet alive,He will die unless he is operated on Sadao said. considering The question is whether he will not die. Hana cried out in fear Don t try to save him What if. he should live, What if he should die Sadao replied He stood gazing. The Enemy 29,down on the motionless man This man must have. extraordinary vitality or he would have been dead by now. But then he was very young perhaps not yet twenty,You mean die from the operation. Hana asked,Yes Sadao said,Hana considered this doubtfully and when she did.
not answer Sadao turned away At any rate something. must be done with him he said and first he must be. washed He went quickly out of the room and Hana came. behind him She did not wish to be left alone with the. white man He was the first she had seen since she left. America and now he seemed to have nothing to do with. those whom she had known there Here he was her enemy. a menace living or dead,She turned to the nursery and called Yumi. But the children heard her voice and she had to go in. for a moment and smile at them and play with the baby. boy now nearly three months old, Over the baby s soft black hair she motioned with her. mouth Yumi come with me, I will put the baby to bed Yumi replied He is ready. She went with Yumi into the bedroom next to the, nursery and stood with the boy in her arms while Yumi. spread the sleeping quilts on the floor and laid the baby. between them,Then Hana led the way quickly and softly to the.
kitchen The two servants were frightened at what their. master had just told them The old gardener who was also. a house servant pulled the few hairs on his upper lip. The master ought not to heal the wound of this white. man he said bluntly to Hana The white man ought to. die First he was shot Then the sea caught him and, wounded him with her rocks If the master heals what the. gun did and what the sea did they will take revenge on us. I will tell him what you say Hana replied courteously. But she herself was also frightened although she was not. superstitious as the old man was Could it ever be well to. help an enemy Nevertheless she told Yumi to fetch the. hot water and bring it to the room where the white man. She went ahead and slid back the partitions Sadao, was not yet there Yumi following put down her wooden. bucket Then she went over to the white man When she. saw him her thick lips folded themselves into stubbornness. I have never washed a white man she said and I will. not wash so dirty a one now,Hana cried at her severely You will do what your. master commands you, There was so fierce a look of resistance upon Yumi s. round dull face that Hana felt unreasonably afraid After. all if the servants should report something that was not. as it happened,Very well she said with dignity You understand we.
only want to bring him to his senses so that we can turn. him over as a prisoner, I will have nothing to do with it Yumi said I am a. poor person and it is not my business,Then please Hana said gently return to your own. At once Yumi left the room But this left Hana with. the white man alone She might have been too afraid to. stay had not her anger at Yumi s stubbornness now,sustained her. Stupid Yumi she muttered,fiercely Is this anything but a man. And a wounded helpless man,In the conviction of her own.
superiority she bent impulsively and,untied the knotted rugs that kept the. Will Hana help the white man covered When she had his. wounded man breast bare she dipped the small clean. and wash him towel that Yumi had brought into the,herself steaming hot water and washed his face. carefully The man s skin though rough, with exposure was of a fine texture and must have been. very blond when he was a child,The Enemy 31,While she was thinking these thoughts though not. really liking the man better now that he was no longer a. child she kept on washing him until his upper body was. quite clean But she dared not turn him over Where was. Sadao Now her anger was ebbing and she was anxious. again and she rose wiping her hands on the wrong towel. Then lest the man be chilled she put the quilt over him. Sadao she called softly,He had been about to come in when she called His.
hand had been on the door and now he opened it She saw. that he had brought his surgeon s emergency bag and that. he wore his surgeon s coat,You have decided to operate she cried. Yes he said shortly He turned his back to her and, unfolded a sterilized towel upon the floor of the tokonoma2. 24 Vistas 4 The Enemy Pearl S Buck Before you Read It is the time of the World War An American prisoner of war is washed ashore in a dying state and is found at the

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