The Ghost Story of Adachigahara (p.14)

Even Shichibee, because it was his child, loved her. Kiyojo too, now that it couldn’t be helped, raised this girl. This girl it is said, afterwards became the Hag of Hitotsuya. Even from the start, this story, differs from the restored ones. Since it is an ancient tale, it’s spoken words are unattainable, those other ones create the house from close conjecture, and all become different. Also a difficult thing is that which plays out altogether the same as the ancient. Again, because it is difficult for the audience to understand, since such previous restored stories are humbly told. These close (stories) beg for good discernment. Increasingly the biographies of the hag spread from this. But from the start, the first time even is a weak amusement. From here it becames a story of help that suddenly changed.

七兵衛も我子なるに依って愛して居りましたが、清女も今は詮方なく此の女子をば育って居る、此の女の子が後に一ツ家の鬼婆アと相成るのお話し、抑も此の講談は中興の事と違って徃昔の事ゆゑ言葉は申すに及はず、邊りの模様から家の造り其他の事、総て異なって居りますが、夫を悉とく徃昔(むかし)の儘に演ずるといふも難き事、又看客にお解り難うございませうから先中興の話しのやうにして申し上げますゆゑ、夫等の邊は宜しく御賢察を願ひます、愈よ是より鬼婆アの傳記に移りますが、第一回はホンの發端でお慰さみも薄うございますが、是よりガラリ變わって世話講談に相成ります

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