Summary （締め切り 04年7月31日）
|Written R. K. Narayan(P80〜P84)
|The Seductive Woman
He was living a very stoic life. He lived alone and had nothing to
stimulate the baser impulses. However, the woman who lived in the opposite
house of his was really a seductive woman. A lot of men, from a student
to magistrates kept visiting her. He thought she probably spent an immoral
time with those men.
What really bothered the man was the shameless woman living in the house opposite.
He was a very religious person, leading a stoic life. Everyday he kept early hours, had certain restricted meals, and meditated. He tried everything to be away from pleasure-seeking.
The woman, on the contrary, seemed to lead entirely opposite life. Every night and day various men kept visiting her and stayed with her over night.
Whenever hearing the door of her house creaking, he got uptight even in the deepest meditation and imagined who was visiting her.
One day he happened to see the woman in front of her house. His heart started pounding but couldn't help staring her. She was very attractive.
Now she was always in his mind and never left. Even her image was becoming bigger and bigger no matter how hard he tried to eliminate. What did he have to do with it ?
He remembered an ancient tale told by his guru long time ago.
"A prostitute can go to heaven when she dies, as she was sinned only with her body. But her self-satisfied reformer was sent to hell because he is mentally corrupted, being obsessed with the prostitute and what she does."
Finally he made up his mind to move and packed everything he possessed.
Upon his leaving, the woman came out of the house opposite and offered him some fruits and flowers. She told him it was a day to remember her mother. Seeing her up close, he realized how shabby her appearance was and felt pity for her.
He touched the tray to show his acceptance of her offering and left without a word.
Every time he looked out of his window, he felt disgusting. He was
an austere hermit and alone. There lived a woman across the street of
his house. Men kept knocking on her door afternoons and nights. Even
in his deep meditation, his imagination had never been eliminated from
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