Above the Floods

There are several puns in this collection, the understanding of which could serve as an age barometer. This tale from Himie Koshevoy’s collection is another of these.

In the ancient city of Hurraburu in the land of Nippon, many of the buildings were built on stilts because of the frequent rain which flooded the streets to great depths. Entry to the houses was gained using ramps leading to the first floors, well above the flood marks. On occasion there would be high winds accompanying the rain and the wooden inclines would be hurled on their sides. An elderly workman was employed by the city to do nothing else but place them back into position so the taxpayers would not be inconvenienced. Far and wide, he was known as the old ramp righter.

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