Quincy High School - Goldenrod Yearbook (Quincy, MA)

 - Class of 1924

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12 THE GOLDEN -ROD green trees, lighted only by small metal lanterns which the garden boy had lighted at dusk. They reached the house, set like a dollis play-house of paper, beside a small pond. Sayonaras, goodnights, were said, and Sui San entered her small room. Everything was ready. as she had said. .-X new American trunk was strapped and waiting by the flower stand. Her best kimono and obi were laid beside the small block of wood which was her pillow. She arranged her flowers, drew back the paper shutter. and lay down upon her matting bed, to think. Sleep she knew would not come to her for a long time. Thoughts, dreams. desires were surging through her brain. She was to leave her country, her home, and her friends to go to the great .-kmerica. Should she be happy? But yes, why not? She would have Vilakasa, her little home and yes. perhaps a tiny child to brighten it. Oh, she was not worthy of such fortune! The honorable ancestors were very good and kind to al- low her such happiness. And then came the thought of her approaching marriage to VVakasa. She loved him with all her heart, and she would be happy. Her girl friends were to come early in the morning to help her dress for the ceremony. She would wear her snow-white wedding ki- mono, which had been her grandmothers They would arrange her hair and place in it the tiny white bird of paradise. The priest would say a few words, and she would be the wife of Viiakasa. Her friends would kiss her hands and give her sweet- meats and flowers. They would all bow very low before her, and then she and Vkakasa would ride away in a jinrickisha to the great railroad station, take the train for Yokohama, and-of all that she could not think. Sleep came at last, sweetly carrying away all thoughts and giving her the rest which she needed. "Ohaio, Sui San, it is morning, your wedding daylw Sui San arose happily to a glowing world. Her girl friends greeted her glee- fully and smothered their exclamations as they saw the bright-eyed Sui San. Never had she looked more beautiful. Her eyes shone, her head was held proudly high, as she called the little servant Nayo to help her. The girls assisted Xayo in arranging the clinging folds of Sui Sanls heavy silk kimono, tied her obi, and fastened the small bird of paradise in her hair. Dur- ing this process, Sui San stood, while all waited upon her, her eyes full of far- away things, her voice sweetly soft and clear as she gave directions to Nayo. At last she stood ready, calm and lovely in her wedding clothes, and in her dark eyes a love-light was shining. The Shintu priest arrived, the guests assembled, each carrying a pure white chrysanthemum. The room was decor- ated with the same flower arranged simply in very tall vases. "Ogomenasai, I beg your pardon, everyone is ready, Sui San," said the little Nayo. "Yoroshin, all right, I will come, Nayof' Stopping only a moment to kneel be- fore the Shintu shrine and murmur a few words, she walked gracefully into the room where the guests were waiting. She hesitated only a minute, then went for- ward to meet Vllakasa. Wlith her head bowed she knelt before the priest, re- splendent in his festive robes, old, and greatly revered. A few words were said softly and slowly by the priest, and a prayer whispered by Sui San and VVakasa. VVakasa took both her hands and, raising her up, told her to lift her head. There was one kiss and the sweet ceremony was over. The guests arose, presented Sui San with flowers, sweetmeats, and bowed low, very low, before her. Hastily Sui San and VVakasa said farewell to their friends and rode away in the jinrickisha which was waiting. They rode through the busy streets, lined with open shops and nlled with happy children. VVhen they arrived at the Ueno station, which is Tokyo's largest railroad station, they alighted and went quickly into the waiting-room and further out on the platform. There Vila- kasa left Sui San and went to attend to the baggage. "I will be back in ten minutes, at just twelve olclock, Sui San." Neither of the two realized just how long that ten minutes would be. For it was just at the stroke of noon that the platformupon which Sui San was stand- ing began to shake as if a very heavy train were pulling in. Sui San looked

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