Asian Saga 03 - Gai-Jin by James Clavell

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Or anyone else for that matter so long as he's not samurai. If you're caught begging you're breaking the law, so it's into the slammer, prison, and once there, the only penalty's death. " the girl said, shocked. "'fraid not. " Again Canterbury laughed sardonically and looked back at the twisting road, halting abruptly half a mile away for a wide shallow stream that every person had to ford or be carried over. On the far bank was a barrier. There, they bowed and presented papers to the inevitable samurai guards.

Settry Pallidar detailed a dragoon to fetch a detachment from the camp, with a coffin, the American visibly irritated by his imperiousness. "You'd better search the nearby countryside. When my men arrive they'll assist. " McFay shuddered, motioned at the corpse. " "Possibly, but let's hope for the best. You three take that side, the rest of you spread out and--" "Hey, Jamie," Dmitri interrupted deliberately, hating officers and uniforms and soldiers, particularly British ones. " Pallidar disregarded the hostility, understanding it, well acquainted with the American's fine service record.

The first temple was empty but for a few frightened, shaven-headed Buddhist monks in orange robes who scurried away into inner rooms the moment they saw them. There was a small fountain in the forecourt. Thankfully Tyrer drank some of the cool water, then refilled the cup and brought it to Struan who drank but could hardly see for pain. "Thanks. How... "' "Not far," Tyrer said, not knowing which way to go, trying to be brave. " Here the path forked, one way going towards the coast and to another temple soaring above village houses, the other deeper into the town and another temple.

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