The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn:|
their triumphant toil to-day impels me to attempt an essay on Ants.
I should have like to preface my disquisitions with something from the old
Japanese literature,-- something emotional or metaphysical. But all that my
Japanese friends were able to find for me on the subject,-- excepting some
verses of little worth,-- was Chinese. This Chinese material consisted
chiefly of strange stories; and one of them seems to me worth quoting,--
faute de mieux.
In the province of Taishu, in China, there was a pious man who, every day,
during many years, fervently worshiped a certain goddess. One morning,
while he was engaged in his devotions, a beautiful woman, wearing a yellow