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A father rents his nine year old son a “whore” because he feels his son doesn’t have enough friends. She quickly disappears from his life but he develops an obsession towards her. Now, as a grown man, he decides to seek her out. What became of the love of his life? Will the son be able to free himself from his father’s ghost?
Lucy and Charley Frost decide to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary by traveling to Florida. But when they encounter Lucy’s former fiancé and his wife, their plans take a darkly humorous turn for the worst.
Neither a socialist nor an imperialist, the fundamentally apolitical Akutagawa is here concerned only with pointing out human folly – in particular the rattan-chair pretensions of those within his own class, the literati.