The Valley Deep
This chapter features The Valley Deep, an example of one of Suzuki Senzaburō's modern plays—that is, dramas set in the Taishō era. It is a tightly constructed exposition of the desperate action a woman, Toshiyo, takes when she realizes that her husband is having an affair. She has accompanied her husband, a professor at a university in Tokyo, and brother-in-law to a hot spring in the mountains, where her husband's lover is also staying. The scene the playwright sets up is almost novelistic in its conjuring of a particularly ominous atmosphere. All the action in this brief drama occurs in one room and on the adjoining veranda, and the play of light and shadow underscores the shifting emotions boiling beneath the surface of the protagonist.
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