But Jade seemed considering them. I was surprised . She hadn't been so keen on in the first place. Since the shop didn't have any good ones, why should she want them ? After I spoke to her, she decided not buy , and we went home.
Two days later I had forgotten completely about woollen shoes.
But Jade suddenly proposed that we shop for some.
Then I knew her secret. She had fallen in love with those woollen shoes. She just hadn't admitted it, that was all. Jade wanted to take the secret of her to the grave, never breathing a word as if in all the world there was no one worthy of being intrusted with it
Translated by Howard Goldblatt