And so it was with Kiyoaki

They seemed to take great amusement in recounting incidents such as how “even that headstrong girl” became so tense that she could not say a word during the carefully arranged meeting with the young prince. Kiyoaki, of course, had no reason to suspect what grief the incident had caused Satoko. Those who lack imagination have no choice but to base their conclusions on the reality they see around them. But on the other hand, those who are imaginative have tendency to build fortified castles they have designed themselves, and to seal off every window in them. And so it was with Kiyoaki.

Mishima, Spring Snow, 1968.

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