Swaddling Clothes Summary & Study Guide

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"Swaddling Clothes" is Toshiko's story. In fact, she is the only character that is named throughout the narrative. As Toshiko rides home alone in a taxi, she sorrowfully contemplates the details of "the incident." The nurse she and her husband had hired to take care of their son has given birth to an illegitimate baby in their house, revealing nothing of her pregnancy until the moment of delivery. Toshiko is saddened by the attenuation of moral values in modern Japanese society as she contemplates the nurse's situation and her husband's blithe treatment of the event.

Unlike his wife, Toshiko's husband, a handsome, popular actor, is seemingly undismayed by "the incident" and freely chatters about it to his friends as if it were nothing more than fodder for entertainment. Toshiko feels alienated from her husband not only for his inability to share her concern for the nurse's...

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