Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Ume (1986) - Downhill (1942) Summary & Analysis

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Summary

In “Ume (1986),” while Henry pruned his ume tree, he talked to Samantha and Marty about its significance. It had been his father’s favorite tree and flower because it was a symbol of the Chinese revolutionists. When Samantha began talking about jazz music, particularly Oscar Holden, Henry told his son that he had done well. As he thought about the work that he had to do in the Panama Hotel, Henry decided it was time to begin telling his son the truth. He explained the ume tree had not come from his father’s, but instead from one in Kobe Park, planted the year that Marty was born. When they said they had no plans for the next Thursday, Henry asked them to meet him in the tearoom at the Panama Hotel.

In “Home Fires (1942),” Henry arrived home early. He was upset...

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