Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories - Horse Legs Summary & Analysis

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Horse Legs Summary

The story focuses on one Oshino Hanzaburo. The storyteller apologizes that such an ordinary man is the protagonist of his tale. He works at the huge Mitsubishi corporation and is about as ordinary as they come. His wife Tsuneko is ordinary as well, and their union is the result of an arrangement.

The monotonous life of Hanzaburo is shattered when he falls dead one day suddenly of a stroke while working at his desk. Hanzaburo finds himself in a strange office, along with two Chinese men with official-looking robes on. They ask him if he is Mr. Henry Barrett, and Hanzaburo says he is not. The men are panicked; apparently they have made a mistake and have killed the wrong man in their function as some sort of death-causers. It has been three days since Hanzaburo has died, and by this time his legs have...

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