I listen to the chirrups of cicadas on a summer day after the end of a raining spell. Their chirping chorus from maple trees and poplars surrounding the walls makes the silence of the prison even more profound.

 

The most common kinds of cicadas in Korea are the robust cicada and the big brown cicada. They both have a life span of six years. Of the six years, a cicada spends five years and eleven months underground as a larva. During this period the larva sucks the juice from tree roots and sheds its skin four times. And in the sixth summer of its life, it chooses a fine day to come out of the ground, into the air, and up a tree. [Shenzi]

 


 

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Come to think of it, the verdict on Columbus may be unfair to him. To a seaman bent only on confronting the rough waters, unmindful of anything like the closing of the Medieval Age or the opening of the Colonial Age, the verdict may have been a too harsh one. When we think of his death as a forgotten and lonely man with all the glory behind, after long years of suffering from a series of ailments, we cannot help feeling all the sorrier for him. But we have also to bear in mind that a man's doings, however personal they may look, cannot be free from endless social implications. [Shenzi]

 

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"죄 많은 나를 두고 죄 없는 그대가 주군의 업보에 목숨을 바치시다니! 깨끗한 짐승이라야 제사상에 올라가듯, 깨끗한 사람이라야 세상을 위한 희생도 될 수 있는 것인가. 그대는 갈 길을 가소서. 그대가 큰 가르침을 세상에 던져놓고 떠나간 뒤, 나는 모순과 고통의 삶을 얼마간 더 이어가며 기왕에 일으켜놓은 흙먼지를 조금이나마 닦아내고 있으려네."

 

이런 글 쓴 게 생각나 찾아보니 pdf 파일이 있다.

 

예양에게_보내는_편지.pdf

 

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