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Madame Butterfly

Jan JoostenLoading... does not look forward to visiting Japan

3 minute read, episode 1 of 15.

H
is companion Melchior had counseled him on the voyage out — because he had ceaselessly bemoaned what he called their banishment to the Asiatic station — to wait until they arrived. He had never regarded service in Japanese waters as banishment, he said, and he had been out twice before.

Jan JoostenLoading... had just come from the Mediterranean.

“For lack of other amusement,” Melchior continued, with a laugh, “you might get yourself married and —”

Jan JoostenLoading... interrupted him with a savage snort.



To relieve boredom during his visit to Japan, Jan JoostenLoading... gets married

5 minute read, episode 2 of 15.

N
ot only did Jan JoostenLoading... get married, but he even provided himself with a home — creating his menage in quite his own way and entirely to his own satisfaction.

With the aid of a marriage-broker, he found both a wife and a house in which to keep her. The house he leased for nine hundred and ninety-nine years. Not, he explained to his wife later, that he could hope for the felicity of residing there with her for so long, but because, being a mere “barbarian,” he could not make other legal terms.



Jan JoostenLoading... does not get along with his in-laws

3 minute read, episode 3 of 15.

B
ut his wife’s family — the word has more significance there than in Europe — held a solemn conference, and, as the result of it, some of them waited upon Captain Jan JoostenLoading..., and, with elaborate politeness, intimated that his course had theretofore been quite unknown in Japan.

This was their oblique way of saying that it was unsatisfactory. They pointed out with patience and gravity that he would thus limit his wife’s opportunities of reappearing on earth in a higher form of life.

Jan JoostenLoading... smilingly remarked that he was not sure that it would be best for his wife to reappear on earth in a higher form. She would probably accomplish mischief enough in this very charming one as she was in fact doing.



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