The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn:|
night as well as by day all doors remain unbarred, because there is no
reason for fear. And because the people are fairies -- though mortal -- all
things in Horai, except the Palace of the Dragon-King, are small and quaint
and queer;-- and these fairy-folk do really eat their rice out of very,
very small bowls, and drink their wine out of very, very small cups...
-- Much of this seeming would be due to the inhalation of that ghostly
atmosphere -- but not all. For the spell wrought by the dead is only the
charm of an Ideal, the glamour of an ancient hope;-- and something of that
hope has found fulfillment in many hearts ,-- in the simple beauty of
unselfish lives,-- in the sweetness of Woman...
-- Evil winds from the West are blowing over Horai; and the magical