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Let me help you.

This is the pass of Agero.

There aren’t any villages around here.

Night has almost fallen.

Come to my shack.

Sleep there if you like.




Valet


It is very kind of you.

It got so dark that we were panicking.




Hag


Don’t worry.

Just follow me.




[Time passes]




Hag


Here we are.

Make yourself at home.




Valet


How sweet of you!




Diva


Thank you for helping us.




Hag


Well, to be honest with you, I’ve got a favour to ask of you in exchange.

Would you please sing the song of the hag for me?

I have wanted to hear the song for a long time.

To hear your song, I got the sun to set.

I will give you tonight’s lodging, so sing it for me, please.

the playwright's recommendation

Detachment from life. All right, we need it. But, isn't it strange? If detachment is so important, why do we have life from the beginning. Life exists, to some extent, for us to enjoy it.


"Forget desire." It is easy to say so. But, if desire is not needed, why do we have it? Desire is not something dirty. On the contrary, it is something beautiful. Don't despise lust. Lust is something adorable.


If you don't cherish lust, how can you understand Zen? Zen Master Ikkyu, the author of the original Noh play «Yama Uba», fell in love with a blind young Japanese diva of feudal folk music.


In Herman Hesse's «Siddhartha», the alter-ego of Buddha goes to the palace-like brothel that belongs to an Indian Geisha princess in order to learn how to make love.


In «The LOL2A Principle», Rene Egli begins each chapter with a quote from «Siddhartha».

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