By I. J. Parker
In an experience choked with street bandits, unscrupulous politicians, and renegade clergymen, The Dragon Scroll introduces readers to the energetic international of eleventh-century Japan and an irrepressible hero—Sugawara Akitada. On his first reputable task, Akitada—an impoverished nobleman and earnest younger executive clerk within the Ministry of Justice—is despatched from the capital urban on an almost most unlikely project to the far away province of Kazusa to find why tax convoys are disappearing. within the politically murky international of the japanese court docket, he has been arrange to fail. opposed to the percentages, the ever-resourceful Akitada, his aged servant Seimei, and his impudent bodyguard Tora are made up our minds to meet their undertaking and observe the reality in a city of risky secrets and techniques.
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Don't look, Christina," Carl said as they passed poor, ragged children begging. "I wish I could help them," she said. "Me too, but we have little money for ourselves. We must spend a night here, but we'll leave early in the morning," Carl told his sister. The immigrant hotel where the travelers stayed was dirty and crowded. Carl took out the remaining bread and cheese that his mother had given them. They ate in silence. In the morning, they walked to the dock where a large steamer awaited them.
Should he go to Texas? He read the letter again, then put it back in the envelope and looked at his family. Tears began to form in his mother's eyes. How does she always know what I'm thinking? he wondered. He put his arm around her. "Don't make a hasty decision," Mama said. "The crops may improve this year. " "It won't matter, Mama," Carl said. " "Just wait until fall," Mama pleaded. Carl looked at his parents. He loved them very much. It was going to be a tough decision, but he knew what he had to do.
As he began to feel warm, he looked up to see Christina, his older sister. Her golden hair fell to her shoulders, and her blue eyes met his. ''Ah, Bror, you look half-frozen. Here, take a cup of hot tea," she said. " His eyes were full of gratitude for his sister. Four years older than he, she always was the caring big sister. " she asked curiously. "Not so bad. " Christina laughed out loud. "Sounds wonderful. Maybe I could work there, too, and we could freeze together," she teased. "The factory doesn't hire women," Carl said flatly.