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The Samurai and Hiccups
(Short stories of Edo)
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There was a samurai on approach to Sumiyoshi Shrine. He was at a loss about how to stop his long-lasting hiccups.
“I wish someone could help me get rid of my hiccups. I’m willing to give a reward.”
Then, a beggar, who was lying on the roadside, got up slowly and exclaimed suddenly,
“I’ll avenge my parents’ death. Say your prayers!”
brandishing a bamboo stick.
“Not so fast! I have no reason to be avenged. Calm down.”
Then the beggar quickly softened his voice and said,
“Have your hiccups gone yet?”
“Oh yes, it did stop.”
“Then please spare me some change as a reward.”
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