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Summary | The Loving Mother – Story From Japan

Unit-1 Stories of the Supernatural

Chapter – 4: The Loving Mother – A Story from the Island of Hokkaido, Japan

Summary

The Loving Mother is a supernatural story about the living form of a dead soul (incarnation of the soul). In the story, the dead soul takes a living form and helps a baby to give life.

According to the story, Shoji Sakota, a pharmacist was living alone in his room. In one stormy night od 1964, he was preparing the annual report. He had a drug store and his wife had died several years earlier. When he was preparing an annual business report, suddenly he heard a knock at the door. First, he ignored it, later thought it was the howling sound of the storm.

When he looked out on the third knocking and saw a woman standing, he thought that someone might have planned to rob him. He called out and said the store was closed. But the woman requested him for ame on a stick for her baby, he opened the door. The woman was lean and thin.

Her eyes were pale as if she was from the next world. She asked ‘ame on a stick’ for her baby and went out by paying a few cents. Shoji Sakota was surprised by the behavior of the woman. After this almost every day she started to come to buy ‘ame on a stick’.

Mr. Sakota decided to find out the cause of her arrival only at night time. So, he called his friends to take her photo by hiding in the corner. By taking a photo, they cleaned the film, but there was no picture at all. They were surprised by this event. So, one day they followed the woman up to her apartment.

Although the woman knew that they were following her but she seemed unnoticed. Finally, She disappeared into the apartment. They found the door was left open and went inside. There is a bed, a baby was licking ‘ame on a stick’ and besides baby, a woman was dead for long days. But, the same dead woman had gone to buy ame on the stick.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the loving mother stop coming to the pharmacy after she is able to take the pharmacist her home? How many times does she struggle to get the attention of the pharmacist?

“The Loving Mother” is a beautiful short story. In the story, the mother loves her child too much. She visits pharmacy regularly up to Soji comes to her apartment with his friends and sees her child happy with ame on a stick. The woman visits Sohi’s pharmacy every night to draw his attention.

He had a drug store and his wife had died several years earlier. When he was preparing the annual business report, suddenly he heard a knock at the door. First, he ignored it, later thought that it was the howling sound of the storm. When he looked out on the third knocking and saw a woman standing, he thought that someone might have planned to rob him. He called out and said the store was closed. But the woman requested him for ame on a stick for her baby, he opened the door.

Mr. Sakota decided to find out the cause of her arrival only at night time. So, he called his friend to take her photo by hiding at the corner. By taking a photo, they cleaned the film, but there was no picture at all. They were surprised by this event. So, one day they followed the women up to her apartment. Although the women knew that they were following her but she seemed unnoticed Finally, she disappeared at the apartment. They found the door was left open and went inside. There is a bed a baby was licking ‘ame on a stick’ and besides baby, a woman was dead for long days. But the same dead woman had gone to buy ame on a stick.

I think the woman might have stopped going to him then after. She might have felt that she had drawn Sojji’s attention for her baby. But Soji might not have been misleading by the women.

2. Tell the story of “The Loving Mother” in brief. Or Retell the story of “The Loving Mother”.

“The Loving Mother” is a supernatural story about the living form of a dead soul (incarnation of the soul). In this story, the dead soul takes a living form and helps a baby to give life.

According to the story, Shoji Sakota, a pharmacist was living alone in his room. On one stormy night of 1964, he was preparing annual reports. He had a drug store and his wife had died several years earlier. When he was preparing an annual business report, suddenly he heard a knock at the door. First, he ignored it, later thought that it was the howling sound of the storm. When he looked out on the third knocking and saw a woman standing, he thought that someone might have planned to rob him. He called out and said the store was closed. But the woman requested him for ame on a stick for her baby, he opened the door. The woman was lean and thin. Her eyes were pale as if she was from the next world. She asked ‘ame on a stick’ for her baby and went out by paying a few cents. Shoji Sakota was surprised by the behavior of the woman. After this almost every day she started to come to buy ‘ame on a stick’.

Mr. Sakota decided to find out the cause of her arrival only at night time. So, he called his friend to take her photo by hiding at the corner. By taking photo, they cleaned film, but there was no picture at all. They were surprised by this event. So, one day they followed the woman up to her apartment. Although the woman knew that they were following her but she seemed unnoticed. Finally, she disappeared at the apartment. They found the door was left open and went inside. There is a bed a baby was licking ‘ame on a stick’ and besides baby, women were dead for long days. But, the same dead woman had gone to buy ame on a stick.

Long Answer Questions

1. Show the similarities and differences between the two supernatural stories “A House Call” and “The Loving Mother”.

“A worn Path” by Eudora Welty is the story of unconscious heroism. The heroine of the story, Phonix Jackson, shows her unconscious heroism in the journey she makes to town. She faces many obstacles which she crosses by showing unconscious heroism.

If Phoenix were conscious of the obstacles and difficulties that came on her way, she would not make it possible. Many of the time Phoenix was not made conscious of the result. She passed through the thorny bush delicately. She entered the wood of the wild animals and snow all over. She mounted through the log to cross the creek. She crawled through the fence and walked in the field of cotton and corn. Every time she was not conscious of the difficulty and the outcome. Unconsciously she tackled them.

She undertakes this trip to bring medicine for her grandson. Phoenix Jackson used to live in a village far away from the town. She had no one except a grandson. He was very sick so she had to go to the town at regular inverters to bring medicine for her grandson. The town was very far from her village and the journey was really very difficult.

Though she faces many obstacles on her way, she overcomes them. On her way, she got caught by thorny bush. With great labor she freed herself and again continued her journey. After sometimes, she came by a creek. She had to cross it through a log. She took it to be a trial. very carefully, she crossed the creek. She crossed it through a log even with her eyes closed. She again continued her journey but there were other obstacles waiting for her. Now, she had to cross through a barbed-wire fence. she crept and crawled through the wire saving herself and her gown.

Again, she faced trouble successfully. Now, she was passing through a corn field. There she saw a scarecrow. At first, she thought it to be a ghost but very boldly, she talked with it. Finally, when she knew that it was a scarecrow, she even danced with it. After crossing the cornfield as she was going to her was from somewhere, a black dog came before her all of the sudden. She lost her balance and fell down in a ditch there. She raised her hand balance and fell down in a ditch there. She raised her hand for help. But, as there was nobody around, she silently remained there until a Whiteman helped her.

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