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【CS-1063】真性痴女?マツタケ狩り

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-29 15:13:55
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【CS-1063】真性痴女?マツタケ狩り �


Whenawomanchosetobeamother,sheallowedthechild-longingtogrowwithinhertillitworkeditsnaturalmiracle.Whenshedidnotsochoosesheputthewholethingoutofhermind,andfedherheartwiththeotherbabies.

ThecountrywasaboutthesizeofHolland,sometenortwelvethousandsquaremiles.OnecouldloseagoodmanyHollandsalongtheforest-smotheredflanksofthosemightymountains.Theyhadapopulationofaboutthreemillion--notalargeone,butqualityissomething.Threemillionisquiteenoughtoallowforconsiderablevariation,andthesepeoplevariedmorewidelythanwecouldatfirstaccountfor.

"Men!"Ibegantoanswer,ratherhotly,andthensawthegulfbeforeme.NoneofuswantedthesewomentothinkthatOURwomen,ofwhomweboastedsoproudly,wereinanywayinferiortothem.IamashamedtosaythatIequivocated.Itoldherofcertaincriminaltypesofwomen--perverts,orcrazy,whohadbeenknowntocommitinfanticide.Itoldher,trulyenough,thattherewasmuchinourlandwhichwasopentocriticism,butthatIhatedtodwellonourdefectsuntiltheyunderstoodusandourconditionsbetter.

Wehadbecomewellusedtotheclothes.Theywerequiteascomfortableasourown--insomewaysmoreso--andundeniablybetterlooking.Astopockets,theyleftnothingtobedesired.Thatsecondgarmentwasfairlyquiltedwithpockets.Theyweremostingeniouslyarranged,soastobeconvenienttothehandandnotinconvenienttothebody,andweresoplacedasatoncetostrengthenthegarmentandadddecorativelinesofstitching.

Sheexplainedtome,withsweetseriousness,thatasIhadsupposed,atfirsteachwomanborefivechildren;andthat,intheireagerdesiretobuildupanation,theyhadgoneoninthatwayforafewcenturies,tilltheywereconfrontedwiththeabsoluteneedofalimit.Thisfactwasequallyplaintoall--allwereequallyinterested.

Here,asinsomanyotherinstances,wewereledtofeelthedifferencebetweenthepurelymaternalandthepaternalattitudeofmind.Theelementofpersonalprideseemedstrangelylacking.

Theyhadearlyobservedthevalueofcertainimprovements,hadeasilyinferredthattherewasroomformore,andtookthegreatestpainstodeveloptwokindsofminds--thecriticandinventor.Thosewhoshowedanearlytendencytoobserve,todiscriminate,tosuggest,weregivenspecialtrainingforthatfunction;andsomeoftheirhighestofficialsspenttheirtimeinthemostcarefulstudyofoneoranotherbranchofwork,withaviewtoitsfurtherimprovement.

"Weeachgowithoutacertainrangeofpersonaljoy,"shesaid,"butremember--weeachhaveamillionchildrentoloveandserve--OURchildren."

Sheexplainedtome,withsweetseriousness,thatasIhadsupposed,atfirsteachwomanborefivechildren;andthat,intheireagerdesiretobuildupanation,theyhadgoneoninthatwayforafewcenturies,tilltheywereconfrontedwiththeabsoluteneedofalimit.Thisfactwasequallyplaintoall--allwereequallyinterested.


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