She knows about death. All the women do.
Satou knows about death. All the women do. Satou and Sanata each lost two babies before their second year. And Made, Satou’s son, died at 17, just two months ago. He had gone to repair a family field well, became sick, and died. The well was closed, but this hasn’t eased the pain of losing him.
At the mention of his name, Satou’s voice tightens as she tries to control her emotions. When asked how many children she has, Satou asks,“the dead and the living?
The three wives get along well. “We know how to live together as co- wives. Often, it is not so and women argue or ignore each other.”