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: [in voiceover
] Remember, Chiyo, geisha are not courtesans. And we are not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word "geisha" means artist and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art.
: Now rise.
: Not like a horse.
: [speaking of Nobu
] What is he to think? He safeguarded your life. Sayuri Nitta
: So now he owns it?
Narrator (Old Sayuri)
: The winter I turned fifteen I saw the chairman again, but that wasn't the only surprise fate brought me that season. Along with the snow came a most unexpected visitor. Mother
: Why is she here? Chiyo, Chiyo, open the gate!
[motioning for her to open the door and straigtening herself before going to her table
: Now that your beloved granny has gone you have no need for a maid. Mother
: I would never question the great Mameha, but you could choose anyone in the Hanamachi. Mameha
: You flatter me, truly.
[bowering her head in compliment
: I would give you my pumpkin if she weren't already tied to Hatsumomo. Mameha
: Please I would never dream of asking Mother
: Besides, I can always sell Chiyo to Mrs. Tetsuyo.
[smoking her cigerette
: With your eye for beauty and nose for talent,surely you can see what a terrible waste that would be. Mother
: If you were not the kind hearted Geisha I know you to be, then I might think that you werescheming against Hatsumomo.
[looking towards the door where Chiyo and Pumpkin are listening
: Then I'm grateful Mrs. Nita that you don't have a suspicious mind. Mother
: Perhaps you can pique my interest with... your offer. Mameha
: I will cover Chiyo's schooling, all her expenses, until after her debut.
[proposing as she slides her cup across the table
: Now I am confident that you are teasing.
[pouring more tea
: I could not be more sincere. If Chiyo has not repaid her debt within six months after her debut. Mother
] Impossible, too little time! Mameha
: Then I will pay you twice over.
[uping the offer
: What...? No Geisha could ever...
[pushing the tea towards Mameha
: And I am certain you will not object to one trivial condition. Mother
: Uh yes...?
[puts down pipe, listening intently
: If Chiyo erases her debt in the time allowed, You will not have any part in her future earnings. Mother
: [smirks in acceptance
: You have a gift for expression.
: I'm wonder why Mrs. Nitta has not adopted Hatsumomo? Sayuri Nitta
: That would be like releasing the tiger from its cage.
: We do not become Geisha to pursue our own destinies. We become Geisha because we have no other choice.
: [explaining sex to Sayuri
] Every once in a while, a man's "eel" likes to visit a woman's... "cave." Sayuri Nitta
: Yes, I know. Mameha
: You do? Sayuri Nitta
: I live with Hatsumomo.
: Water is powerful. It can wash away earth, put out fire, and even destroy iron.
: About your kimono... Mameha
: There's no need to apoligize. I'm not foolish. Hatsumomo cannot tolerate competition. Sayuri Nitta
: She is jealous of you? Mameha
: Not me I'm afraid. Someone closer to home.
: [while teaching Sayuri
] You cannot call yourself a truse geisha until you can stop a man in his tracks with a single look.
: [about the Baron losing the bidding
] No man would bid so much for a thing he had already taken.
: [entertaining at the teahouse
] Sayuri. A name as sweet as she is. I'm afraid these days even the common chambermaid can call herself a geisha. So, it's nice to see such a sincere young maiko, isn't it? Mameha
: [to Sayuri
] Surely you would like to thank Hatsumomo for her gracious compliments. Sayuri Nitta
: [serving tea
] There is so much I would like to say to Hatsumomo. Hatsumomo
] Sometimes the smartest remark is silence Sayuri Nitta
: What better advise to follow than your own.
: [to Chiyo
] Your cave is untouched. Men like that. We call this "mizuage". And to become a full geisha, you must sell it to the highest bidder.