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Little comforted by this, she clasped her hands upon her knee, and glancing upward, seemed, in silent anguish, to implore divine assistance; then, turning to me, she calmly said, - 'To-morrow, if you meet me on the moor about mid-day, I will tell you all you seek to know; and perhaps you will then see the necessity of discontinuing our intimacy - if, indeed, you do not willingly resign me as one no longer worthy of regard.'
I first met Michael back in the late 1980s, a humble cipher of a man who's whispering presence person to person was as if he thought he somehow wasn't worthy of regard.
At the start of Tsuburaya's career, he was derided by his film studio superiors who saw visual effects as a dishonorable practice, a deception, and not worthy of regard. In post-WWII Japan, his wartime films -- carefully designed recreations in miniature of notable battles -- temporarily had him banned from the medium, brandished as a war criminal.