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おれのあたまはあまりえらくないのだから、いつもなら、相手あいてがこういう巧妙こうみょう弁舌べんぜつふるえば、おやそうかな、それじゃ、おれが間違まちがってたおそってきさがるのだけれども、今夜こんやそうはかない。ここへ最初さいしょからあかシャツなんだかむしかなかった途中とちゅう親切しんせつおんなみたようなおとこだとおもかえしたことはあるが、それが親切でも何でもなさそうなので、反動はんどう結果けっかいまじゃよっぽどいやになっている。だからさきがどれほどうまく論理的ろんりてき弁論べんろんたくまししようとも、堂々どうどうたる教頭流きょうとうりゅうにおれをめようとも、そんな事はかまわない議論ぎろんのいいひと善人ぜんにんとはきまらない。遣り込められるほう悪人あくにんとはかぎらない表向おもてむは赤シャツの方が重々しゅじゅもっともだが、表向きがいくら立派りっぱだって、はらなかまでれさせるわけにはかないかね威力いりょく理屈りくつ人間にんげんこころえるものなら、高利貸こうりがしでも巡査じゅんさでも大学教授だいがくきょうじゅでも一番いちばん人にかれなくてはならない中学ちゅうがくの教頭ぐらいな論法ろんぽうでおれの心がどううごものか。人間はきらはたらものだ。論法で働くものじゃない。

「あなたの事はもっともですが、ぼく増給ぞうきゅうがいやになったんですから、まあことわりますかんがえたっておな事です。さようなら」と云いすててもん。頭のうえにはあまがわ一筋ひとすじかかっている。

Rough translation

I'm no intellectual, so when assailed with an eloquent argument I normally find myself overwhelmed, lose confidence, and back down. But not this time. I'd felt a dislike for Red Shirt since my first arrival here. Over time, it had occurred to me that maybe he was really a kind man who just happened to have an effeminate manner. Now I knew that there was nothing kind about him, and I disliked him more than ever. It didn't matter how strong his logic was, and it didn't matter that he'd argued me into a corner with his grandiose head-teacher discourse. A skilled debater is not necessarily a good man. And a man defeated in argument is not necessarily of inferior character. On the surface, Red Shirt's arguments were all more reasonable than mine, but that polished exterior did not compel me to support his position. If men's hearts could be bought with wealth, authority, or reason, then usurers, policemen, and professors would be the most loved among us. Was my heart going to be swayed by the arguments of a middle school head teacher? Humans act on their likes and dislikes, not on logic.

"What you've said makes perfect sense, but I don't care for a raise, so I decline your offer. Further consideration is not necessary. Goodbye." With that I left through the gate. Far over my head, the stars painted a streak across the heavens.

Vocabulary

あたま head; brain相手あいて the other party巧妙こうみょうな clever; tactful弁舌べんぜつ speechふるえば wield; brandish間違まちがってた was mistaken; was wrongおそって be overwhelmed; feel smallきさがる retreat; back down今夜こんや this nightそうはかない won't play out that wayた arrived最初さいしょ very firstあかシャツ Red Shirt (nickname for the head teacher)なんだか somehow; in some wayむしかなかった had a dislike for途中とちゅうで along the way親切しんせつな kind; gentleおんなみたような effeminateおとこ manおもかえした thought twice (about); reconsideredこと act; occurrence反動はんどう reaction; backlash結果けっか result (of)いま now; at presentいや unpleasant; disagreeableさき the other party; he論理的ろんりてきに logically; rationally弁論べんろん argument; debateたくましく vigorously; robustly堂々どうどうたる imposing; impressive教頭流きょうとうりゅう head teacher-likeめよう talk (a person) down; corner (a person) in argumentかまわない doesn't matter議論ぎろん argument; debateひと person善人ぜんにん good person; virtuous personほう side; party悪人あくにん bad person; scoundrelとはかぎらない it's not necessarily the case that ...表向おもてむき on the surface重々しゅじゅ in every wayもっとも reasonable; rational立派りっぱ fine; splendidはらなかまで to heart; to one's coreれさせる captivate one; earn one's devotionわけにはかない it isn't the case that ...かね money; wealth威力いりょく influence; authority理屈りくつ reason; argument人間にんげんの human; a person'sこころ heart; soulえる can be boughtもの fact; case高利貸こうりがし usurer巡査じゅんさ policeman大学教授だいがくきょうじゅ university professor一番いちばん most; bestかれなくてはならない must be loved中学ちゅうがく middle school論法ろんぽう logic; reasoningうごく be movedきらい likes and dislikesはたらく operate; function う sayぼく I増給ぞうきゅう pay raiseことわります decline; refuseかんがえた considered; thought overおなじ sameもん gateた left (through); departed (from)うえ aboveあまがわ stars; milky way一筋ひとすじ a line