Lee Kuan Yew by Alex Josey
By Alex Josey
Political biography and speeches of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first major Minister.
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He had always liked to take a long soak. After he began working he became'even fonder of it. Sitting there in the cramped little tub with his arms around his knees he would let the day's worries slowly unravel. N o t that he consciously tried to solve his problems; all he did was soak until they no longer bothered him. It never even occurred to him to think about his wife. N o w , though, as he tried to let himself enjoy the self-indulgent pleasure of the bath, Hisao could not shake off the thought of Reiko's earnest gaze as she peered into the cupboard.
Sometimes the voices would fade into the distance, as if the shouting came from across a river, but then they would swell up and fill the bedroom, and that rhythmic, hip-swinging dance would begin again. N o w the voices were not so much lewd as they were gloomy, or comical, or nakedly and poignantly obscene. D u r i n g the pauses in the bawdy singing he could hear the stealthy sound of running water beyond the closed door of the bathroom, as if Reiko was afraid of being overheard by the men. Finally the singing stopped and for a time angry voices flew back and forth Confusedly.