Snow Falling on Cedars Chapter 12
Ishmael remembers his many meetings with Hatsue in the tree. They kissed and talked. Hatsue was nervous: she wondered if their relationship was evil, because it had to be hidden from her parents. Ishmael refused to believe it, and argued that the world was evil, not he and Hatsue. They both worried often about the war and the fact that he was likely to be drafted.