Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami (2017)

…sometimes you only know what you should take on and what you should not when you don’t have the choice.

To be betrayed, you probably first have to be deeply involved. Had I been deeply involved with anything in my life?

Snake wives make the very best kind of wife…
…When you give them instructions, they listen, looking at you steadily, with those big, crystal-clear eyes. They have something stubborn about them, but not stubborn like human women: human women get stubborn for emotional reasons; snakes are stubborn because that’s their nature.

–A Snake Stepped On 蛇を踏む (Hebi o fumu)