Why did the school principal open a letter to addressed to Yoko in So Far From The Bamboo Grove?

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Yoko has been summoned to the principal's office. The principal has just received a letter addressed to Yoko from a Corporal Matsumura. He was the man who came to Yoko's family home one night when they were living in Korea and urged them to escape as soon as possible. For...

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Yoko has been summoned to the principal's office. The principal has just received a letter addressed to Yoko from a Corporal Matsumura. He was the man who came to Yoko's family home one night when they were living in Korea and urged them to escape as soon as possible. For his help and support at such a difficult time, the Corporal has earned a very special place in the heart of Yoko's family.

But Yoko was always brought up to believe that it was wrong to open other people's letters. In fact, she actually tells the principal to his face—ever so politely, of course—that he shouldn't have opened her letter. The principal responds by saying that the letter was addressed to the school and that he feels responsible for Yoko. In any case, Yoko weeps as the principal reads out his short letter. She's relieved to know that Corporal Matsumura is alive and well.

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