The Ghost Story of Adachigahara (p.24)

Well, so it was that Gozaemon greatly devoted himself to Okiyo. He didn’t return to the village when the horse market ended. At any rate like this, because he really looked after her, they lived in a house in a good situation. Here, since Gozaemon had a wife, in this such one house (hitotsuya) they couldn’t forever play together and he returned to his village. Again, every year there was the horse market and he came a stayed with Okiyo. Now, for three or four years it became that she was looked after by Gozaemon. They were peacefully living and there was no barrier to the time. Now, this story must fly ahead 14 or 15 years. At this time, the daughter Omatsu was 13 years old. Okiyo suddenly became sick and returned to her source. She died from sickness. And now it was that Gozaemon didn’t come. Yet gradually becoming a child of 13, and having her mother taken away: but there was nothing to be done. This person called Omatsu, in the way explained before, became the Witch of Hitotsuya, so she was a person pretty certain of her heart, and so one night she was suddenly considering how she was seperated from her old woman and how the man called her father died before she could even recall his face.

サアさうなると五左衛門大層お清に心を入れて終い、馬市が済んでも村へは帰らず、お清も兎に角斯ういふ人の世話になって居るのだから宜い塩梅に家も暮らせるやうになりました、処が五左衛門とても女房子もある者ゆゑ、斯んな一ッ家のやうな処に宜いはゝゝと遊んでも居られないから村へ歸り、又一年に一遍づゝ馬市があると参って此のお清の処に泊って居る、茲に三四年の間は五左衛門の為に世話になり、何事もなく暮らして居てましたが月日に関守なく、茲にお話は飛んで大凡十四五年後の事に相成ります、娘のおまつは当年十三才お清は不圖した病が元となり終に病死をいたして終い、今では五左衛門といふ者も来ぬやうになりました、未だ漸々に十三になる子が母に別れて仕方がないが後に此のおまつといふ者が前にも述べた通り一ッ家の鬼婆アとなる位ゐの者でまりますから、中々心は確なもので、或夜不図考がへて娑には別れて終い父といふ者は顔を知るか知らん内に死んで終い

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