One Pebble

Illustration by Benjamin Hill

Sakiko hesitates. She stands on the threshold of his World Bank office. She has been here often.

Sakiko waits. He is not here. She feels his presence – perhaps it is the lingering scent of clove cigarettes. Her eyes settle on the Balinese Barong mask. Its expression is less sinister today. The Javanese shadow puppets no longer seem trapped; they are fluid, daring…

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  1. Profile photo of Editor Editor says:

    Correlating information on the illustration: “Originally, a pictograph of a kneeling person, arms crossed in a gesture of subservience. This was quite often the way of the world back then: women kneeling to men. Many modern Chinese characters, such as 如 and 若 are easily traced back to the idea of female submission and servitude. The character for slave, 奴, still comprises woman and hand; this referred to the capture and forced labor of female conquests. Today, the character means any young, unmarried woman, or female humans generally.” – Benjamin Hill

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