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おれがくみと組のあいだはいってと、天麩羅てんぷらだの、団子だんごだの、とこええずする。しかも大勢おおぜいだから、だれが云うのだかわからない。よし分ってもおれのことを天麩羅と云ったんじゃありません、団子ともうしたのじゃありません、それは先生せんせい神経衰弱しんけいすいじゃくだから、ひがんで、そうんだぐらい云うまってる。こんな卑劣ひれつ根性こんじょう封建ほうけん時代じだいから、養成いくせいしたこの土地とち習慣しゅうかんなんだから、いくら云って聞かしたって、おしえてやったって、到底とうていなおりっこない。こんな土地に一年いちねんと、潔白けっぱくおれも、この真似まねをしなければならなく、なるかもれないむこでうまくけられるような手段しゅだんで、おれのかおよごのをほうっておく樗蒲一ちょぼいちはない。向こうがひとならおれも人だ。生徒せいとだって、子供こどもだって、ずうたいはおれよりおおきいや。だから刑罰けいばつとしてなに返報へんぽうをしてやらなくっては義理ぎりがわるい。ところがこっちから返報をする時分じぶん尋常じんじょう手段で行くと、向うから逆捩さかねじわして貴様きさまがわるいからだと云うと、初手しょてからみちつくってある事だから滔々とうとうべんてる。弁じ立てておいて、自分じぶんほう表向おもてむだけ立派りっぱにしてそれからこっちの攻撃こうげきする。もともと返報にした事だから、こちらの弁護べんごは向うの非ががらないうえは弁護にならない。つまりは向うからしておいて、世間体せけんていはこっちが仕掛しかけた喧嘩けんかのように、見傚みなされてしまう。大変たいへん不利益ふりえきだ。それなら向うのやるなり、愚迂多良ぐうたら童子どうじんでいれば、向うはますます増長ぞうちょうするばかり、大きく云えばなかのためにならない。そこで仕方しかたがないから、こっちも向うの筆法ひっぽうもちいてつらまえられないでけようのない返報をしなくてはならなくなる。そうなっては江戸えど駄目だめだ。駄目だが一年もこうやられる以上いじょうは、おれも人間にんげんだから駄目でもなんでもそうならなくっちゃ始末しまつがつかない。どうしてもはや東京とうきょうかえってきよといっしょになるかぎ。こんな田舎いなかに居るのは堕落だらくしに来ているようなものだ。新聞しんぶん配達はいたつをしたって、ここまで堕落するよりはましだ。

Rough translation

As I inserted myself into the formation, I was heckled with incessant calls of 'tempura' and 'dumplings.' In the sea of students it was impossible to pinpoint the voices. And even if I could, they would no doubt claim that the words 'tempura' and 'dumplings' had nothing to do with me, that I was suffering from a nervous disorder that affected my judgment. They'd been nurturing ignoble character traits here since feudal times, so nothing I could tell them or teach them was going to make a difference. One year in this place, and I would likely be forced to debase myself and join them on their level. I wasn't going to be played for a fool and let them humiliate me with thinly-veiled verbal abuse. They were men, just as I'm a man. Call them students or call them youths, they were physically larger than me. I was fully justified in retaliating against them with punitive action. However, if I tried to retaliate through the usual channels they would turn the tables on me. If I said I was punishing their misconduct, they'd refute me eloquently with their ready-made excuses. They'd present themselves as ostensibly respectable, and then they'd attack me for my actions. Since my actions would be retaliatory, I wouldn't be able to defend them unless the other party's misdeeds were made apparent. In the end, they'd manipulate the situation to make me look like the instigator of the discord. I was at a terrible disadvantage. They'd grow in impudence as do-nothing juveniles, of no use from a societal perspective. Then I'd be forced to retaliate underhandedly in their manner. That would be my downfall as a Tōkyō man. It might be my downfall, but no human being can tolerate endless abuse. I'd settle the score by whatever means necessary. My only way out was to return to Tōkyō as soon as possible and join Kiyo. Staying here would only complete my moral corruption. Better to deliver newspapers for a living than descend into disgrace.

Vocabulary

くみ groupあいだ interval; space betweenはいってく enter into天麩羅てんぷら tempura団子だんご dumplingsう say; call outこえ voicesえず incessantly; without end大勢おおぜい large group; multitude (of people)だれ whoわからない can't tellこと fact; matterもうした said先生せんせい teacher (referring to Botchan here)神経衰弱しんけいすいじゃく frayed nerves; nervous disorderひがんで be biased; take a jaundiced view ofく hearまってる is a given that ...卑劣ひれつな sordid; ignoble根性こんじょう nature; disposition封建ほうけん feudal時代じだい age; period養成いくせいした raised; fostered; nurtured土地とち region; land習慣しゅうかん custom; practiceおしえて teach; instruct到底とうてい by (no) meansなおりっこない can't be fixed; won't improve一年いちねん one yearる be (in a place); stay; remain潔白けっぱくな innocent; upright真似まね behavior; mannerかもれない may be that ...むこう the other partyけられる can talk one's way out (of something)手段しゅだん means; methodかおよごす disgrace; humiliateほうっておく let pass; tolerate樗蒲一ちょぼいち being played for a fool (origin: gambling game played with a single die)ひと person; human being生徒せいと student子供こども child; youthずうたい body; frameおおきい big; large刑罰けいばつ punishment; punitive actionなにか something返報へんぽう retaliation; counterattack義理ぎりがわるい fail in one's duty; neglect the cause of justice時分じぶん time; occasion尋常じんじょうの ordinary; usual逆捩さかねじわして turn the tables (on someone)る come (back at)貴様きさま you (condescending)初手しょて beginning; outsetみち escape; out; excuseつくって make; prepare滔々とうとうと eloquentlyべんてる argue; expound自分じぶんの one's ownほう side; position表向おもてむき formally; ostensibly立派りっぱ honorable; respectable fault; misdeed攻撃こうげきする attack; assault弁護べんご defense; explanationがらないうえ unless (something) comes to lightして take the initiative世間体せけんてい outward appearance仕掛しかけた instigated喧嘩けんか quarrel; dispute見傚みなされて be regarded as大変たいへんな terrible不利益ふりえき disadvantage; handicap愚迂多良ぐうたら loafer; do-nothing童子どうじ juvenileんで assume a role; act as増長ぞうちょうする grow impudent; be indulgedなか the world; society仕方しかたがない have no choice; have no alternative筆法ひっぽう manner; methodもちいて use; adoptつらまえられないで without being caughtけようのない can't be touched; safe from reproach江戸えど Tōkyō man駄目だめ no good; rotten以上いじょう given that ...人間にんげん human beingなんでも whatever (it may be)始末しまつ closure; settlementはやく soon東京とうきょう Tōkyōかえって return (home)きよ Kiyo (name of Botchan's former maidservant)かぎる (options) are limited to ...田舎いなか countryside堕落だらく (moral) corruption新聞しんぶん newspaper配達はいたつ delivery