Han's Crime Characters

Shiga Naoya
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The baby

The baby is the source of Han's antagonism toward his wife. Supposedly born prematurely, Han says that his wife was in fact pregnant when he married her and that the child is not his. The baby died when it choked at its mother's breasts. Han's wife says the baby's death was an accident; Han himself cannot be so certain.

Han

Han is a young Chinese juggler who performs with a travelling circus troupe and kills his wife during a knife-throwing act. The judge thinks he is "intelligent-looking," though clearly suffering from nervous exhaustion. Although he does a knife-throwing act, he performs other acts as well. He has been married for three years, and has been unhappy since his wife's baby died. He loved his wife, he says, from the day they married until the day the baby died. He does not think his wife ever loved him...

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