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"Shall we head back in?" asked Red Shirt suddenly. "Yes, it's just the right time. Will Madonna be having the pleasure of your company tonight?" inquired Noda. "Let's not talk such nonsense. No point in stirring up trouble." Red Shirt, who had been relaxing against the side of the boat, straightened himself a bit. "He-he, don't worry. Even if we're overheard ..." This time as Noda glanced in my direction I hit him square on with the meanest glare I could manage. He flinched away as though blinded by a bright light. Muttering something about how I was going to be a real handful, he shrugged his shoulders and scratched his head. Presumptuous as ever.
We were rowing back toward shore through the calm sea. Red Shirt remarked that I didn't seem to enjoy fishing, and I told him I preferred to relax and watch the sky. I tossed the remains of my cigarette onto the water and it sizzled as it went out, then floated away on the ripples stirred up by the oar. "The students are quite pleased over your arrival. Be sure to give it your best effort." Red Shirt shifted the topic completely away from fishing. "They don't seem at all pleased." "I wouldn't flatter you. They really are pleased. Isn't that right, Mr. Yoshikawa?" "More than pleased, they're in an uproar," added Noda with a grin. Why did every word this guy said touch on my nerves? "But you'd best be careful. There's danger about," added Red Shirt. "Of course there's danger. At this point I'm resigned to danger." I had, in fact, decided that I would either receive a sincere apology from the boarding students or resign my post. "Don't box yourself into a corner. As the head teacher I'm obliged to look out for you, so I hope you won't misunderstand me." "The head teacher has your best interest in mind. I also, as a fellow Tōkyō man, hope you'll have a long career with us here. I believe we should look out for each other. I've been working in the background, to the best of my limited ability, in support of your success." Noda actually spoke like a human being for once, but I'd rather strangle myself than be indebted to his care.
帰ろう return; head back赤シャツ Red Shirt (nickname for the head teacher)思い出した remembered云う say時分 time今夜 tonight君 you (familiar)お逢い meeting; date野だ Noda (short for Nodaiko, nickname for Yoshikawa, the art teacher)馬鹿あ foolishness; nonsense間違いになる lead to trouble船縁 gunwale; side of a boat身を倚たした was leaning against奴 fellow少し a bit起き直る sit up; straighten up大丈夫ですよ its okay; don't worry聞いた heard振り返った looked back時 time; when ...皿 dish眼 eyes頭の上 top of one's head浴びせ掛けて poured onto; blasted (with)まぼしそうに as though blinded by a bright light (usually まぶしそうに)引っ繰り返って be upset; be taken downこいつ this one; this guy降参だ a handful; a tough customer首を縮めて shrugging one's shoulders頭 head掻いた scratched何という what ...猪口才 impertinence; presumptuousness
船 boat静かな silent海 sea岸 shore漕ぎ戻る row back (to)釣 fishing好き suiting one's taste; enjoyable見えます seam; appear聞く asked寝て lie down; rest空 sky見る look at方 alternative答えて answered吸いかけた had been smoking巻烟草 cigarette (rolled tobacco)中へ intoたたき込んだら threw into音がして made a sound艪 oar足 foot; base掻き分けられた pushed apart浪 wave; ripple上 top揺られながら being swayed漾っていった floated away来た came; arrived生徒 students大いに a great deal喜んでいる be glad; be pleased奮発して put forth one's best effort今度 this time縁故 connection事 matter; subject云い出した mentioned; brought up (a topic for conversation)お世辞 flattery; empty compliment全く absolutely; completely吉川 Yoshikawa (name of the art teacher, a.k.a. Nodaiko)君 (suffix of familiarity for male names)大騒ぎ uproar; hooplaにやにやと笑った grinned; smirked一々 every single one癪に障る grate on one's nerves妙 strange; curious注意 care; caution険呑 dangerous; perilous覚悟 readiness; resignation実際 in fact; in truth免職 dismissal (from one's duties)寄宿生 boarding students一つ one (thing)了見 viewpoint; intention取りつきどころもない there's no starting point (for resolution)実は in fact; in truth僕 I教頭 head teacher思う think of; consider取っちゃ take; interpret困る be troubled; be distressed好意 good intentions持って have; hold及ばずながら to the best of (my) limited ability同じ same江戸っ子 native of Tōkyō長く for a long timeご在校 presence at the school願って wish for; hope forお互に mutually; for each other力になろう help (someone)蔭ながら secretly (from the shadows)尽力して exert oneself to the utmost人間 human being並 becoming of ...お世話 care; protection首を縊って hang oneself; strangle oneself死んじまわあ die