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Words Are Soft

Some of my Japanese friends say that
language is an instrument.

They may be right.
We make use of language as an
instrument for doing everyday things.

One thing I'm hoping to make clear
is that this instrument is a bit different from
hard instruments like pencils, knives, tables,
or automobiles.
It's a soft instrument.
Language is a complex system
made of small parts named "words."
And words frequently have a
change of their uses, forms and senses.

They are like bags made of
soft material like cloth and rubber.
Though they may have some hard parts like hooks and locks,
the greater parts of them are soft and elastic.

You may put a differnt thing in the same bag,
and have the bag joined with other different bags.
You may put a number of words
together into a long statement,
like you put bags together into the form of a man.
If you have some knowledge of
how to make a complete statement,
you will see that
it has a structure like the body of a
person or an animal.
"You," for example, is its head.
And "may" is its neck.
And "put" is its body.
And "a number of words,"
"together" and "into the form of a man"
are like its feet and tail.

You may give a name to the form of a man.
You may put your breath into him and
make him do things in a story.
All of his acts will be made from your words.
You may let him have a walk on the street and
get attention from your friends.
His good looks and behavior will put a girl
in love with him.
And the street, the friends, and the girl
may be made up of bags or from words.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, the noted American writer,
made a story of an old woman with a special power
who put common things together and
made up a man-like thing with feather on top of his head.
So she gave him the name "Feathertop."
The story was made public in 1854.
Robert and Daniel San Souci, in the 1990's,
made the old story into a new picture book.

Hqwthorne was noted for his dark and serious fiction,
but you will see, in his story,
that he had a good sense of humor as well.

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