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But gradually [Hatsue’s] rebellion against tranquillity subsided. Mrs. Shigemura was pleased and claimed that the turbulence of her ego was in the process of being overcome. She told Hatsue that her stillness would serve her well. She would experience harmony of being in the midst of the changes and unrest that life inevitably brings (Guterson, ch.7).

Based on this quote, the reader can infer that women in Japanese culture ​


are expected to be selfless.


should maintain composure even in the face of adversity.


should strive to be the best homemakers they can be.


should avoid contact with American men.


are expected to treat their physical beauty as a gift.

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