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The Vampire Cat

Gerard Van Etten

Book Overview: 

A Play in one act from the Japanese legend of the Nabeshima cat

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .My sicknesses and my fears—
[To Buzen.]   Settle them for me,
Sir Buzen, councillor crafty.
[To Ruiten.]   Settle them for me,
Priest Ruiten, the prayerful.
Ruiten.   So are we trying in all ways
Thy pain to relieve
Yet nought seems availing.
Prince.   Wracked is my body
With tortures unending
Born of the dreams
That are surging forever
Backward and forward
Thru my brain, weary.
Buzen.   [Indicating door L.]   Around thy bed each night
Have I placed thy samurai
In number one hundred
To guard thy sleep—
Ruiten.   Zealously have I prayed[4]
In the temple called "Miyo In,"
And during the night hours
Have knelt at thy house shrine
Praying to Buddha, the lord of the world.
Prince.   Yet have I not slept
Entirely untortured.
Slow are thy prayers
In fruit bearing.
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Community Reviews


As the title says, this one act play was based on the legends of Nabeshima cat. And what is Nabeshima cat? When I googled I found that Nabeshima cat was an "especially famous" example of a Bakeneko cat ("changed cat"), a powerful supernatural being.

The play shows what has been happening to the Princ