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: But is there anyone who's really good? Maybe goodness is just make-believe. Priest
: What a frightening... Commoner
: Man just wants to forget the bad stuff, and believe in the made-up good stuff. It's easier that way.
: It's horrifying. If men don't trust each other, this earth might as well be hell. Commoner
: That's right. The world's a kind of hell. Priest
: No! I believe in men. I don't want this place to be hell. Commoner
: Shouting doesn't help. Think about it. Out of these three, whose story is believable? Woodcutter
: No idea. Commoner
: In the end, you cannot understand the things men do.
: I don't want to hear it. No more horror stories. Commoner
: They are common stories these days. I even heard that the demon living here in Rashômon fled in fear of the ferocity of man.
: A man's been murdered. Commoner
: So what? Only one? Why, up on top of this gate, there's always five or six bodies. No one worries about them.
: War, earthquake, winds, fire, famine, the plague. Year after year, it's been nothing but disasters. And bandits descend upon us every night. I've seen so many men getting killed like insects, but even I have never heard a story as horrible as this. Yes. So horrible. This time, I may finally lose my faith in the human soul. It's worse than worse than bandits, the plague, famine, fire or wars.
: Well, men are only men. That's why they lie. They can't tell the truth, even to themselves. Priest
: That may be true. Because men are weak, they lie to deceive themselves. Commoner
: Not another sermon! I don't mind a lie if it's interesting.
: Dead men tell no lies.
: A human life is truly as frail and fleeting as the morning dew.
: Shut up, you! This is a preacher standing here. Con Man
: Preacher? It can't be! He woke me up. They usually put me to sleep. Prospector
: [to the Preacher
] Don't pay him no mind. Preacher
: Who is he? Prospector
: He's a con man... a swindler... an old scalawag. Con Man
: How else can a man live to be old nowadays?
: I can understand a storm. It's a natural thing not meant to harm anyone, but the violence of men, their cruelty, their savageness... to one another... to themselves!
: Is truth the luxury of the rich?