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"If he has time to write a treatise on peacock cuisine, how busy can he be?" The master expresses some annoyance.
"At any rate, given my current succession of indulgences, it's all but inevitable that I'll soon enough be dyspeptic like yourself. ..."
"He could leave me out of it. Since when am I the poster child for dyspepsia?" The master mutters his objection.
"According to historians, The Romans feasted two to three times daily. Sitting down to gorge oneself, multiple times per day, is bound to take its toll, even on the strongest of stomachs. Accordingly, in due course they would end up like yourself. ..."
"There he goes with 'like yourself' again. Insolent rogue!"
"However, they left no stone unturned in their efforts to reconcile their extravagance and their health. Aware of the need to maintain digestive normalcy while still indulging their great cravings, they hit upon a secret method. ..."
"Well now." The master's interest is suddenly piqued.
"After eating, they made it their habit to bathe. And after bathing, through a certain process, they would purge up all that they'd eaten before, emptying out their stomachs. After thus having cleansed their stomachs, they were ready to feast again. They partook of delicacies to their hearts' content, and after having partaken, again they bathed and purged. Thus repeating, they could indulge their cravings to no end, without ill-treating their digestive organs. If this is not 'two birds with one stone' then I can't think what is. ..."
"It's certainly that. Two birds with one stone." The master's expression betrays a tinge of envy.
"Here in this twentieth century, where endless associations and frequent banquets are the norm, and where we now enter a second year of aggression vis-à-vis Russia and prepare to emerge a victorious nation, we'd do well to learn from the Romans. We're at the juncture, I believe with utmost conviction, where we must learn anew this technique of bathing and purging. If we don't, then I worry greatly that we'll have elevated ourselves only to become, in short order, a nation of dyspeptics like yourself. ..."
孔雀 peafowl (peacock or peahen)料理史 culinary history多忙 terribly busy不平 irritation; annoyance
近頃 recently; of lateの如く like ...; as ...御馳走 feast; delicacies食べ続け eating in succession小生 I; me (humble)遠からぬうちに in the not too distant future; before long大兄 you (respectful)胃弱 dyspepsia; weak digestion相成る become必定 inevitable; certain
余計 superfluous; uncalled-for何も in (no) way僕 I; me標準 standard; norm; measuring stick済む make do; get by主人 master
歴史家 historians説 opinion; view羅馬人 Romans日に in a day; in one day二度三度 two or three times宴会 banquet開き候由 are said to have held方丈 square of one jō per side (3x3 meters; 10x10 feet)食饌 food laid out on a table就き候えば take a seat at如何なる any kind of; whatever kind of健胃 strong stomach人 person消化機能 digestive function不調 irregularity; disorder醸す bring about; give rise to従って consequently; accordingly自然 naturally; in due course
失敬な rudeness; insolence
然るに however; still贅沢 extravagance; indulgence衛生 (preservation of) health両立せしめん reconcile; achieve simultaneously (せしめん = しようとする)研究 study; investigation尽したる pursue to exhaustion彼等 they; them不相当に inappropriately; excessively多量 large quantity滋味 savoriness; rich food貪る covet; craveと同時に at the same time as胃腸 stomach and intestines; digestive organs常態 normal state; normality保持する preserve; maintain必要 necessity; need認め recognize; acknowledge一の one; a certain秘法 secret method; secret formula案出致し候 work out; devise
はてね well now急に suddenly熱心 eager; engaged; enthusiastic
食後 after eating; after a meal必ず invariably; without fail入浴致候 bathe一種の a certain kind of方法 method; process浴前 before bathing嚥下せる swallow悉く altogether; entirely嘔吐し vomit; retch; purge (out)胃内 inside of the stomach掃除致し候 clean廓清 purification; cleaning up; purging功 service; labor; deed奏したる complete; accomplish後 after又 again; once again食卓 dining table飽く be satisfied; be satiated迄 until珍味 delicacies風好し enjoy; relish in風好し了れば having enjoyed; having relished in湯 hot water; hot bath入りて enter; get into之 this; these things吐出致候 disgorge; expel好物 favorite foods貪ぼり covet; crave次第 in accordance with貪り候 covet; crave (そうろう = そろ = ます)毫も (not) in the least内臓 internal organs; intestines諸 various機関 machinery; mechanisms; faculties障害 hindrance; impairment生ぜず not gather; not cultivate一挙両得 killing two birds with one stone; serving two ends此等の these (kinds of)事 acts; actions; things可申 must refer to愚考致候 think; believe; imagine (humble form)
に相違ない no doubt it's ...羨ましそうな envious顔 face; (facial) expression
廿世紀 twentieth century今日 nowadays; these days交通 association; fellowship頻繁 frequent; incessant増加 increase; growth (in)軍国 nation at war多事 eventful (times)征露 aggression vis-à-vis Russia第二年 second year相成候候 become; come to折柄 at the time of吾人 we戦勝国 victorious nation国民 people; citizens (of a country)是非共 by all meansに傚って following; emulating此 this術 art; technique機会 chance; opportunity到着致し候 arrive at自信致候 believe; be convinced左もなくば otherwise切角の having striven to become ...大国民 citizens of a great nation近き将来 the near futureに於て in; at; regarding胃病 stomach ailment; digestive disorder患者 sufferers of; afflicted ones窃かに privately; inwardly心痛罷りあり候 worry for; fret over (humble form)