53. Before a Timely Talk
The Honseki was often afflicted physically before the delivery of a Timely Talk. It did not matter whether it was day or night. Yet this more frequently occurred at night. Rin Masui or one of the seinens (male attendants) on duty would massage him at such times, either stroking his chest or rubbing his back.
When the words “Summon the Honbu-in” (executive church officials) erupted from the Honseki’s mouth, it was a sign that Timely Talks were soon to follow. Rin was always at the scene in situations such as these after she became the Honseki’s attendant in May 1893.
(From Ten no jogi p. 76)
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