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They want science class to end soon and the principal to cut his speeches short. They want to do well at basketball. Get into the drama club. Talk to a girl at lunchtime. Horse around instead of submit to tasks, to study or to clean. They want to read comic books during class. Pass 49 the high school entrance exam. Go to college, marry, have children, and go to work. They want to visit Brazil and China, Australia, and Spain. Become sushi chefs. Basketball players. Construction workers. Engineers.
A rustle. The professor is beside me, distinguishing himself from the crowd. I didn’t know you’d be here tonight, he whispers, and I whisper back, It’s nice to see you too, and the play continues and I notice that the huntsman in the play looks like he’s in a motorcycle gang, wearing black jeans and a leather jacket and dark glasses, a streak of black-hair-dyed-blond an unholy steeple on his head. The play stretches, then reaches its pitch. The prince in his yellow construction paper crown moves toward Snow White to offer a scripted kiss, stepping near her, leaning in.
Are you going to the train station? the professor asks. Natalie and Miss Kita and I all say in unison, Yes, we are. Would you like for me to accompany you? No, Natalie says. I can show them the way. We’ll be ﬁne. Anyway, Miss Kita says, it was very nice to meet you. Anyway, thank you, I add. Then we all wave like children, which is customary in Japan — goodbye! goodbye! take care! take care! — and the professor stands framed in the doorway, unbuttoned and ﬂuent and all alone. 21 ................................................................................