The sister and brother were separated when they worked during the days, but they were able to live together in a small room. The two cried every night thinking about their father and mother.
Ten days passed and Anju and Zushio started to think of ways to escape.Zusho said,
“Let’s run away together!”
Anju didn’t say yes.
“You must go by yourself.
I will stay.”
“But sister, I can’t do it alone.”
“You are a smart boy.
You can do it.
First, go to Kyushu to find out father.
Then ask him to help you find our mother.”
Sansho-dayu’s son was listening to their conversation.
People who tried to escape were always burnt on their forehead with red-hot iron bars.
The son took Anju and Zushio to his father’s big house.
Sansho-dayu heated iron bars in the fire.
Anju’s scream echoed inthe mountains.
And Zushio’s scream followed.
The brother and sister were thrown onto the frozen ground.
The two went back to their room full of fear and pain.
Zushio said quietly. “Anju, please take out your Buddhist statue.” Anju took out the statue from her kimono and they prayed to it.
They felt the pain slowly go awqy.
Then , the two woke up. They marks on their foreheads were gone. Instead, they found a burn mark on the face of the statue.