Quote Originally Posted by 32Bravo View Post
Aaah, but could it have been won? - do not despair, Anjin San!
Yeah, but whether it could have been won or lost, in reality it was buggered by the Japanese, carrying on the samurai tradition that offended Anjin San.

"Toranaga ... pillows with boys?" If the suspicion had entered his head before this, Blackthorne had not entertained it for long. Now, however, he accepted it without question.

"So I am told. Our Order is always well informed," Alvito conceded, with a sidelong glance at Blackthorne. "Every effort is being made to discourage such objectionable practices, but the samurai are as tenacious in this as in all other matters. You have been in this country four years, now, pilot; surely you know that some Japanese have a partiality for this vice?"