Translated by Takashi Kojima. The Testimony of a Woodcutter Questioned by a High Police Commissioner. Yes, sir. Certainly, it was I who found the body. The In a Grove Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. IN A GROVE (Yabo no naka) Source for information on In a Grove (Yabo no Naka ) by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Reference Guide to Short Fiction dictionary.

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Originally, he had no intention of killing the man, he claims, but after the rape, she begged him to either kill her husband or kill himself—she could not live if two men knew her shame. This, along with the introspection occasioned by growing health and nervous problems, resulted in a series of autobiographically-based stories known as Yasukichi-mono, after the name of the main character.

Modern Language Association http: All these main characters changed their statements for an advantage. As Tajomaru says in justifying killing, even the rich men kill, albeit by different means that is in a more socially acceptable way they are killing poor people.

The story is of an event. Trivia About In a Grove.

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The wife said, “Kill him,” and the robber did so, stabbing the man bound to the tree, perhaps cutting through the rope at the same time. The second main character, Masago betrays her husband, Takehiko. In both Browning and Akutagawa different witnesses tell what they know about a crime in an attempt to discover the truth through a judicial process. And yet there are multiple killers admitting to doing their task individually?


Mar 22, Traveller rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the end, it’s still not clear what the truth is, given that all three have different things to defend and hide. You ask me if I saw a sword or any such thing? Return to Book Page.

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Oct 27, Lucie Goroyan rated it liked it Shelves: A lonely light lingered on the cedars and mountains In conclusion, the author, Ryunosuke portrays the high self-respecting nature of humanity by having Takehiko to lie and rationalize that he commits an honorable suicide. The high police commissioner’s involvement ends. I like this story because the reader has no idea what the truth is and will never know.

A lie works as a mechanism of self-preservation for most people. Apr 21, Ana rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, I do not believe the same can be said about the other three yrove I first did not like this short story, and gave it two stars, mainly because, as they are by definition, short stories are short and I wanted to keep on reading and was left h Simplicity is ever so ny.

Throughout, it is obvious that he is furious at his wife.

akutagxwa The author indirectly characterizes her. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The culprit is detected, the crime solved, and justice served.


The story is of a murder of a samurai and the violation of his wife. He says that he met the man, who was accompanied by a woman on horseback, on the road, around noon the day before the murder. We are given the details of the case by a wood-cutter and a priest, who come across the murder scene, and recall seeing a young man and woman travelling that way.

The paths then diverge, and Browning’s characters seek the truth and attempt to assess responsibility for the murder. When she describes killing her husband, she makes ryunosjke kimono lilac, the color of her clothing, not his.

I like the unique and creative premise of the story. I think this is more of a story about the depths of the human psyche, which has its own reasons to deceive We are then given the story of a policeman who tells of capturing the thief Tajomaru.

Even if the reader refuses to develop a version, he is caught. The translation also came across as a lot more el This story is contained in one or two of the anthologies of Akutagawa’s short stories. These three are relatively straightforward accounts and set the scene and major players of the crime. Rashomon The Outrage The Outrage