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. 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. Rashomon study guide contains a biography of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, literature essays, Rashomon Summary and Analysis of “In a Grove”.

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Akutagawa’s “detective story” investigates characters and their responsibilities, but the crime can neither be solved nor left unsolved without the reader’s revealing both his assumptions about human nature and his own character ryjnosuke surely as the characters have revealed theirs.

In a Grove

The bow wound with leather strips, the black lacquered quiver, the seventeen arrows with hawk feathers—these were all in his possession I believe. The story is often praised as being among the greatest in Japanese literature. Little did I expect akutaawa he would meet such a fate. Two realizations after this read: The notorious robber, thrown from what appears to be the woman’s horse, possesses the samurai’s arrows and confesses boldly that he killed the samurai in a fight for the woman and then took the woman and the arrows.


First, Ryunosuke portrays egoism having Tajomaru to remain as an honorable person and having him rationalize his actions. When she describes killing her husband, she makes his kimono lilac, the color of her clothing, not his.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But the movie is something you do not want to miss due to stunning performances, sublime music and the symbolism they have employed that is simply mesmerizing, ranging from particular elements to a dichotomy s through an exquisite use of light. At school Akutagawa was an outstanding student, excelling in the Chinese classics.

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Her daughter, she says, has never been with a man other than Takehiro. I don’t know whose sin is greater-yours or mine.

Kindle Edition14 pages. The samurai forgives the robber but not his wife. October Learn how and when to remove this template message. See 1 question about In a Grove….

Jan 18, Priyanka rated it really liked it Shelves: A little beyond the stone bridge I found the horse grazing by the roadside, with his long rein dangling. For the record, I might say that the other day I tried to arrest him, but unfortunately he escaped.

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. All of these, along with the woman’s horse, a tall, short-maned palominowere missing when the woodcutter discovered the body.


All I saw was the color of her clothes, a lilac-colored suit. The translation also came across as a lot more elegant than some of Akutagawa’s other stories. Their shame accounts for the stories they tell themselves and others.

In a Grove is simply amazing. I can’t make head or tail of this little story, full of inconsistencies.

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Together with the cr Rjunosuke is an unusual one. The next testimony is from an old woman, who identifies herself as the mother of the missing girl. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mar 10, Ken Moten rated it really liked it Shelves: Consequently, he thinks that committing an honorable suicide would be way better than being killed by own wife, which makes advantageous for him. Published first published Her daughter is a beautiful, strong-willed year-old named Masago, married to Kanazawa no Takehiro—a year-old samurai from Wakasa.