Part 4 Summary

Panic Grass and Feverfew

On August 18, Father Kleinsorge walked back into Hiroshima on his way to the bank. In the streets he saw “a macabre traffic—hundreds of crumpled bicycles, shells of streetcars and automobiles, all halted in mid-motion.” The Yokohoma Bank was open, and he deposited the money he had taken with him from the mission after the blast. On the way back to the Novitiate he became very weak. By the time he got back, he was thoroughly exhausted and his wounds “had suddenly opened wider and were swollen and inflamed.”

Mrs. Nakamura noticed that her hair had started falling out. It kept happening until she became bald. Then, on August 26, she and her daughter Myeko...

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