Practice text with full furigana

「それでいちさかえたのかい」と主人しゅじん

面白おもしろですな」と寒月かんげつがにやにやしながら

「うちへかえって東風とうふうていない。しかし今日こんにち無拠処よんどころなき差支さしつかがあってられぬ、いずれ永日えいじつ御面晤ごめんごという端書はがきがあったので、やっと安心あんしんして、これなら心置こころおきなくくびくくれるうれしいおもった。で早速さっそく下駄げたけていそあしもとところかえして見る……」と云って主人と寒月のかおを見てすましている。

「見るとどうしたんだい」と主人はすこれる

「いよいよ佳境かきょうはいりますね」と寒月は羽織はおりひもをひねくる。

「見ると、もうだれ来てさきぶらがっている。たった一足ひとあしちがでねえきみ残念ざんねんことをしたよ。かんがえるなんでもそのとき死神しにがみかれたんだね。ゼームスなどに云わせると副意識下ふくいしきか幽冥界ゆうめいかいぼく存在そんざいしている現実界げんじつかい一種いっしゅ因果法いんがほうによってたがい感応かんのうしたんだろう。じつ不思議ふしぎ事があるものじゃないか」迷亭はすましかえっている

主人はまたやられたと思いながらなに云わずに空也餅くうやもち頬張ほおばってくちもごもご云わしている。

寒月は火鉢ひばちはい丁寧ていねいらして俯向うつむいてにやにやわらっていたが、やがてくちひらきわめてしずかな調子ちょうしである。

「なるほどうかがって見ると不思議な事でちょっとりそうにも思われませんが、私などは自分じぶんでやはりたような経験けいけんをつい近頃ちかごろしたものですから、少しもうたがうになりません」

「おや君も首を縊りたくなったのかい」

「いえわたくしのは首じゃないんで。これもちょうどければ昨年さくねんくれの事でしかも先生せんせい同日どうじつ同刻どうこくくらいにおこった出来事できごとですからなおさら不思議に思われます」

「こりゃ面白い」と迷亭も空也餅を頬張る。

Rough translation

"Then all ended well?" asked the master.

"Intriguing indeed," Kangetsu added with a grin.

"I did return home, but there was no sign of Tōfū. Instead, a card had arrived. Due to unavoidable circumstances, he was unable to call that day but looked forward to taking up our conversation in the springtime days to follow. There was now nothing to stop me. I was free to go and hang. The thought of this delighted me. I immediately slipped on my geta and hurried back to the spot. When I looked ..." Meitei paused for dramatic effect, locking a serious gaze on the master and Kangetsu.

"What was it?" The master is a little on edge.

"Finally, the crux of the tale." Kangetsu twists the ties of his haori.

"I looked, and someone was already dangling there. By the slimmest of margins, the chance had eluded me. Thinking back on it now, Death had had me firmly in his clutches. As James would describe it, the shadowy realm of the subconscious and my waking mind had somehow, through some sort of causal connection, become entwined. This world is a curious place, wouldn't you say?" Meitei was utterly sober.

The master, certain he'd been had again, said nothing, but stuffed his mouth with a mochi and began working his jaws.

Kangetsu, with downcast gaze and floating a slight grin, carefully raked the ashes in the brazier. After a moment, he spoke. His tone was most subdued.

"On the one hand, I'm disinclined to believe such things. At the same time, having recently experienced something quite similar, I find myself reluctant to doubt."

"You felt it too then, the urge to hang yourself?"

"Not hanging, in my case. It was also at year's end, occurring on that same day and at nearly the same time, which makes it all the more uncanny."

"Let's hear what happened." Meitei too stuffs a mochi in his mouth.

Vocabulary

いちさかえた all ended well主人しゅじん masterく ask 面白おもしろい interesting; intriguing寒月かんげつ Kangetsu (name)う remark; add かえってる return (to)東風とうふう Tōfū (name)ていない is not come; is not arrived今日こんにち today; this day無拠処よんどころなき unavoidably差支さしつかえ hindrance; impedimentられぬ can't leave永日えいじつ long spring day; warm day to come御面晤ごめんご conversation; interviewす look forward to; anticipate端書はがき postcard安心あんしんして relax; rest assured心置こころおきなく freely; without reserveくびくくれる can hang oneselfうれしい happy; glad; pleasedおもった felt; experienced (in one's mind)早速さっそく at once; immediately; without delay下駄げた geta; wooden clogsけて pull onいそあし hurried pace; brisk strideもと former; priorところ place; localeかえして go back (to)かお faces すこし a little; a bitれる get impatient; be agitated 佳境かきょう good part; climaxはいります enter into; come to羽織はおり haori (Japanese half-coat)ひも strings; ties だれか someoneさき before; priorぶらがって hang; dangle一足ひとあしちがい by a hairきみ you (used here as form of address)残念ざんねんな unfortunate; regrettableこと act; actionかんがえる consider; think aboutなんでも anyhow; at any rateとき time; occasion死神しにがみ god of death; Deathかれた was in the grasp of; was possessedゼームス James (William James; 1842–1910; American philosopher and psychologist)副意識下ふくいしきか subconscious幽冥界ゆうめいかい shadowy kingdom of the dead; realm of darknessぼく I; me存在そんざいしている exist in; habitate現実界げんじつかい reality; actual world一種いっしゅの a certain kind of因果法いんがほう causal connectionたがいに mutually; with respect to each other感応かんのうした interacted with; affectedじつに really; truly不思議ふしぎな odd; curious; uncannyすましかえっている is sober; is chaste; is earnest なにも (no)thing空也餅くうやもち kūya mochi (chunky mochi made with half-polished rice, stuffed with red bean paste)頬張ほおばって stuff one's cheeksくち mouthもごもご mogomogo (sound of chewing) 火鉢ひばち hibachi; brazierはい ashes丁寧ていねいに carefullyらして smooth out; rake level俯向うつむいて look down; direct one's gaze downwardにやにやわらって grin; snickerくちひらく speakきわめて exceedingly; extremelyしずかな quiet; subdued調子ちょうし tone; mood; manner うかがって inquire; hear; be toldりそう probable; plausible; likely自分じぶん oneselfたような similar; comparable経験けいけん experience近頃ちかごろ recently; of lateうたがう doubt; distrust inclination わたくし I; meければ come to an end; close out昨年さくねん last yearくれ year's end先生せんせい Sensei (teacher; used here as form of address)同日どうじつ same day同刻どうこく same hourおこった took place; occurred出来事できごと incident; happening; affair