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Miss Sasaki is a twenty-year-old clerk who works hard
to take care of her siblings and parents. The bomb collapses the
factory where she works, and she becomes pinned underneath a bookcase
that crushes her leg. For weeks she receives no real medical care
for her badly fractured and infected leg, and she remains crippled
for the rest of her life. After the war she suffers greatly as a
bomb victim and a cripple. Her fiancé abandons her, and she is scarred
emotionally as well as physically. After Father Kleinsorge encourages
her to convert to Christianity and become a nun, she has a distinguished career,
travels around the world, and becomes optimistic about her future.
Miss Sasaki comes closest to representing the many nameless, wounded
survivors of the bomb. Several doctors treat her callously; because
her injury is severe but not mortal or mysterious, she garners very
little sympathy from anyone. She is completely immobilized, so she
does not become involved in the communal efforts that most of the
other characters take part in. As a result, she suffers mostly in
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