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【JF-471】リターン?ザ?フーゾク~光月夜也~

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-29 07:35:48
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【JF-471】リターン?ザ?フーゾク~光月夜也~ �


"Wecan'texpectthemtowanttogowithus--yet,"saidTerrysagely."Waitabit,boys.We'vegottotake'emontheirownterms--ifatall."This,inruefulreminiscenceofhisrepeatedfailures.

Wetalkedandtalked.Wetooklongwalkstogether.Sheshowedmethings,explainedthem,interpretedmuchthatIhadnotunderstood.ThroughhersympatheticintelligenceIbecamemoreandmorecomprehendingofthespiritofthepeopleofHerland,moreandmoreappreciativeofitsmarvelousinnergrowthaswellasouterperfection.

Notagirlinthatcountryhadnotbeenlearningformonthsasmuchascouldbegatheredaboutourcountry,ourculture,ourpersonalcharacters.Nowondertheirquestionswerehardtoanswer.ButIamsorrytosay,whenwewereatlastbroughtoutand--exhibited(Ihatetocallitthat,butthat'swhatitwas),therewasnorushoftakers.HerewaspooroldTerryfondlyimaginingthatatlasthewasfreetostrayin"arosebudgardenofgirls"--andbehold!therosebudswereallwithkeenappraisingeye,studyingus.

The"longsuit"inmostcourtshipsissexattraction,ofcourse.Thengraduallydevelopssuchcomradeshipasthetwotemperamentsallow.Then,aftermarriage,thereiseithertheestablishmentofaslow-growing,widelybasedfriendship,thedeepest,tenderest,sweetestofrelations,alllitandwarmedbytherecurrentflameoflove;orelsethatprocessisreversed,lovecoolsandfades,nofriendshipgrows,thewholerelationturnsfrombeautytoashes.

Howeveritcameabout,weallthreeatlengthachievedfullunderstanding,andsolemnlyfacedwhatwastothemastepofmeasurelessimportance,agravequestionaswellasagreathappiness;tousastrange,newjoy.

"Boys!Nothingbutboys,mostof'em.Astandoffish,disagreeablelotatthat.Critical,impertinentyoungsters.Nogirlsatall."

Terry'sjewelsandtrinketstheyprizedascurios;handedthemabout,askingquestionsastoworkmanship,notintheleastastovalue;anddiscussednotownership,butwhichmuseumtoputthemin.

Whatleftusevenmoreatseainourapproachwasthelackofanysex-tradition.Therewasnoacceptedstandardofwhatwas"manly"andwhatwas"womanly."

Hewasangryandsevere,notalittlejealous,too,Ithink.Afterward,whenhefoundoutjustwhatitwastheydidnotlike,hechangedhismannersomewhatandgotonbetter.Hehadto.For,inspiteofhiscriticism,theyweregirls,and,furthermore,allthegirlstherewere!Alwaysexceptingourthree!--withwhomwepresentlyrenewedouracquaintance.


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