A Humbling Experience

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" Tomoko and I had always been treated like princesses when we were young, and I never knew what it meant to go out of my way for others.' "(Tsukiyama 143).In the Samurai's Garden, Matsu's long time friend Sachi and his sister Tomoko contracted leprosy at the age of seventeen. Ever since, Sachi has lived in the leper colony Yamaguchi by herself, because she never wanted to dishonor her family. Tomoko stayed isolated, and then committed suicide. In the beginning of their lives, they were the prettiest girls in Tarumi and were full of themselves, but after getting leprosy, they are brought down to Earth and humbled when they dishonor their families and are not able to face their peers. After her family finds out about the disease, he can't accept it and keeps trying to find cures for her disease. She was extremely sad for dishonoring her family and being labeled by society for being diseased. When she's taken to Yamaguchi, it is complete horror since there were bodies of rotting flesh and she had to adjust. Sachi went insane because she wasn't used to these living conditions. She says, " a~Tomoko and I had always been treated like princesses when we were young, and I never knew what it meant to go out of my way for others.' "(Tsukiyama 143). This is a truly humbling experience for Sachi because she is shown a completely worse side of life opposed to the pampering that she experienced before.I can personally relate to this incident because it relates to when I transferred to a public school from a private school. In the private school, everyone wore a uniform and was usually treated fairly. There was no bullying and everyone usually obeyed the rules. But when I transferred to a public school, it was completely different. I had to earn respect and couldn't get along with each other. I definitely adapted, by getting tougher so I couldn't get bullied by other kids at the
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