Anecdotes of the Honseki Izo Iburi 12

12. Recollections of Daishin, the Lumber Dealer

Because Izo was such an honest person, he would never lie, cheat, or deceive others.
Whenever Daishin, the lumber dealer would stop by to collect payment for construction material, if Izo had the money, he would cheerfully welcome him in and offer him tea.

But when Izo did not have the money, he would not say anything and glance to the side, unable to look Daishin in the eye. Izo would have a sad expression on his face, as if he were about to cry.

Daishin, knowing Izo’s honest nature, would think to himself, sighing, “Ah, he does not have the money,” and leave without saying a word.

(From Shinpan Izo Iburi den pp. 39–40)

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