How much longer is this bidding going to take? Beside who wants a plum when someone has already had a bite?
[takes a bite out of the plum]


Mameha: I'm wonder why Mrs. Nitta has not adopted Hatsumomo?
Sayuri Nitta: That would be like releasing the tiger from its cage.

None of us find as much kindness in this life as we should.


Hatsumomo: [suggesting that Mameha used immoral methods to gain Sayuri the lead role in the dances] What did Mameha do, speak with the Director in *private*?
Sayuri Nitta: Not *all* geisha use that kind of currency.

Hatsumomo: I was a maiko once.
Sayuri Nitta: Oh, of course. But that was a long, long, long, *long* time ago.

Kindness we receive in our lives is not always enough.


I am not worthless!

Sayuri Nitta

A story like mine should never be told. For my world is as forbidden as it is fragile. Without its mysteries it cannot survive. I certainly wasn't born to the life of a geisha. Like so much in my strange life, I was carried there by the current.

Sayuri Narration

I want a life that is mine!

Sayuri Nitta

Mameha: He saved you're life
Sayuri Nitta: So now he owns it?

[to Sayuri] Can't you see that I want you for myself? You have ruined me! Before we met I was a disciplined man.


Nobu: There is nothing I want more, Sayuri, than to become your danna.
Sayuri Nitta: I already owe you far too much.
[turns away]
Nobu: I will not be refused.
Sayuri Nitta: Please.
Nobu: We are tied to each other. I know you feel it too.
Sayuri Nitta: I never meant to mislead you.
Nobu: [Grabs Sayuri] Sayuri, I do not like things held up before me that I cannot have...

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