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午後ごごは、先夜せんやおれたいして無礼ぶれいはたらいた寄宿生きしゅくせい処分しょぶんほうについての会議かいぎだ。会議というものはうまれてはじめてだからとんと容子ようすわからないが、職員しょくいんってたかって自分じぶん勝手かってせつをたてて、それを校長こうちょう加減かげんまとめるのだろう。纏めるというのは黒白こくびゃくけっしかねる事柄ことがらについてべき言葉ことばだ。この場合ばあいのような、だれって、不都合ふつごうとしかおもわれない事件じけんに会議をするのは暇潰ひまつぶだ。誰がなん解釈かいしゃくしたって異説いせつようはずがない。こんな明白めいはくのは即座そくざ校長が処分しょぶんしてしまえばいいに。随分ずいぶん決断けつだんのないことだ。校長ってものが、これならば、何の事はない、らない愚図ぐず異名いみょうだ。

会議室かいぎしつ校長室こうちょうしつとなにある細長ほそなが部屋へやで、平常へいじょう食堂しょくどう代理だいりつとめるくろかわった椅子いす二十脚にじゅっきゃくばかり、ながテーブルの周囲しゅういならんでちょっと神田かんだ西洋せいよう料理屋りょうりやぐらいなかくだ。そのテーブルのはじに校長がすわって、校長の隣りにあかシャツかまえる。あとは勝手次第かってしだいせきんだそうだが、体操たいそう教師きょうしだけはいつも席末せきまつ謙遜けんそんするというはなしだ。おれは様子が分らないから、博物はくぶつの教師と漢学かんがくの教師のあいだはいりんだむこ山嵐やまあらしが並んでる。野だのかおはどうかんがえて劣等れっとうだ。喧嘩けんかはしても山嵐のほうはるかにおもむきがある。おやじの葬式そうしきとき小日向こびなた養源寺ようげんじ座敷ざしきにかかってた懸物かけものはこの顔によくている坊主ぼうずいてみたら韋駄天いだてん怪物かいぶつだそうだ。今日きょうおこってるから、ぐるぐるまわしちゃ時々ときどきおれの方を見る。そんな事で威嚇おどかされてたまるもんかと、おれもけないで、やっぱり眼をぐりつかせて、山嵐をにらめてやった。おれの眼は恰好かっこうはよくないが、おおきい事においては大抵たいていひとには負けない。あなたは眼が大きいから役者やくしゃになるときっと似合にあいますきよがよく云ったくらいだ。

Rough translation

A staff meeting had been called for the afternoon to discuss the punishment of those boarding students who had disrespected me some nights ago. This was my first meeting ever, so I had no idea as to the protocol, but I expected that the staff would assemble, each would say his piece, and the principal would in some manner craft a consensus. A consensus is required when the black and white of a situation is unclear. In a case like this, where it was obvious to anyone who the wrongdoers were, meeting was a waste of time. However one might construe the facts, there should be no room for dissenting opinion. The principal should promptly handle things in such a clear-cut case as this. If perpetual indecision is the hallmark of a principal then I'm not impressed. 'Principal' is just a synonym for vacillating dullard.

The meeting place was a narrow room next to the principal's office that normally served as our lunch room. Twenty chairs upholstered in black leather were arranged around a long table, reminding one of a Western-style restaurant in Kanda. The principal sat at the head of the table with Red Shirt at his side. The rest of the seats were unassigned, but it was said that the physical education teacher always took the end seat as a show of modesty. I had no experience with meeting protocol, so I seated myself between the natural history and classics teachers. Yama Arashi and Noda were seated across the table from me. Noda really did sport an inferior face. Yama Arashi's face, even after a quarrel, was far more refined. At my father's funeral at the Yōgenji temple in Kobinata, there was a painting in the parlor with a similar face. I learned from the priest that it was a creature called Idaten. Yama Arashi was angry today, so he was rolling his eyes and occasionally glaring in my direction. Determined not to be intimidated, I shot back with an equally menacing stare. My eyes aren't well formed, but they're superior in size to the average person's. Kiyo even told me that I would make a good actor on account of my large eyes.

Vocabulary

午後ごご afternoon先夜せんや the other night; several nights agoたいして concerning; in relation to無礼ぶれい disrespect; insolenceはたらいた worked; carried out寄宿生きしゅくせい boarding students処分しょぶん punishmentほう means; method会議かいぎ meeting; conferenceうまれて in one's lifeはじめて the first timeとんと (not) at all; (not) in the least容子ようす situation; doingsわからない don't know (about)職員しょくいん staffって assemble; gather togetherたかって gathering; crowding自分じぶん oneself勝手かってな as one pleasesせつをたてて put forth an argument校長こうちょう principal加減かげんに in some manner; as best one canまとめる mediate; bring to closure黒白こくびゃく black and whiteけっしかねる cannot be determined事柄ことがら matter; affairう say; apply (word)言葉ことば word場合ばあい case; situationだれ whoeverた look at; consider不都合ふつごう misconduct; wrong-doingとしかおもわれない can only be regarded as ...事件じけん incident; affair暇潰ひまつぶし waste of timeなん what; whatever解釈かいしゃくした interpret; construe異説いせつ conflicting view; dissenting opinionよう appear; be raised明白めいはくな clear; open and closed; indisputable即座そくざに promptly; at once処分しょぶんして handle; dispense with随分ずいぶん very much決断けつだんのない indecisiveこと state of affairsらない irresolute; vacillating愚図ぐず dullard; dawdler異名いみょう another name (for) 会議室かいぎしつ meeting room校長室こうちょうしつ principal's officeとなり next to; adjacent細長ほそながい long and narrow部屋へや room平常へいじょう usually; normally食堂しょくどう dining hall; lunch room代理だいりつとめる serve as ...くろい blackかわ leatherった covered; upholstered椅子いす chair二十脚にじゅっきゃく twenty (chairs)ながい long周囲しゅうい perimeterならんで lined up神田かんだ Kanda (place name)西洋せいよう Western-style料理屋りょうりや restaurantかく level; gradeはじ head (of a table); end (usually はし) すわって be seatedあかシャツ Red Shirt (nickname for the head teacher)かまえる be positioned勝手次第かってしだいに as one pleasesせきく take a seat体操たいそう physical education教師きょうし instructor席末せきまつ end seat (usually 末席まっせき)謙遜けんそんする be modest; be humbleはなし talk; story博物はくぶつ natural history漢学かんがく Chinese study; classicsあいだ (space) betweenはいりんだ moved intoむこう the other sideる look (at)山嵐やまあらし Yama Arashi (nickname for Hotta, the head mathematics teacher)だ Noda (short for Nodaiko, nickname for Yoshikawa, the art teacher)かお faceかんがえて consider; think about劣等れっとう inferior; subpar喧嘩けんか quarrelほう alternativeはるかに by farおもむき elegance; sentiment葬式そうしき funeralとき time; occasion小日向こびなた Kobinata (part of Tōkyō - commonly referred to as Kohinata)養源寺ようげんじ Yōgenji (name of a temple)座敷ざしき reception room; parlor懸物かけもの paintingている resembled坊主ぼうず priestいて asked; inquired韋駄天いだてん Idatenう called怪物かいぶつ creature; mysterious figure今日きょう todayおこってる be angry eyesぐるぐるまわしちゃ roll; spin時々ときどき sometimes; occasionally威嚇おどかされて feel threatened; be intimidatedけない not be defeated intention恰好かっこう form; styleおおきい large大抵たいていな most; generalひと person役者やくしゃ actor; performer似合にあいます be suited; be well matchedきよ Kiyo (name of Botchan's former maidservant)