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Shibuya-san translated my fortune.
"If you desire something a long time, you will get it. Beware of serious illness. Don't sell your house."
The priest excused himself and hurried off.
"Where is he going?" asked Frank.
"I believe he has a Rotary meeting," said Shibuya.
I had not been feeling well. The combination of the San Diego race, in which I finished sixth, the long flight and the seven-hour time change had subdued me. Three days before the race I awoke feeling honestly sick. At breakfast Fanington said, "I tell everyone they're coming apart at the seams, but you really do look pale."
I reported to Shibuya, who took me to a clinic. My temperature was 101�, the diagnosis virus. I received a shot of antibiotic, some orange pills and signed half a dozen autographs for a row of giggling nurses.
I was ordered to my room. Shibuya looked in every couple of hours. I got him to sit on the bed and talk about the Japanese attachment to the marathon.
"We made marathon important because it is one event in which a man needs not to be tall to be great," he said. "In marathon and gymnastics we can do well against the world."
"There is great pressure upon runners to do well?"