I am a Cat (Chapter 3 b) Section 104 Study Guide

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御承知ごしょうちとお鼻汁はなをかむときは、是非ぜひはなつまみます、鼻を抓んで、ことにこの局部だけに刺激しげきあたえますと、進化論しんかろん大原則だいげんそくによって、この局部はこの刺激におうずるがため比例ひれいして不相当ふそうとう発達はったついたしますかわ自然しぜんかたくなりますにく次第しだいかたくなります。ついにってほねとなります」「それはすこ――そう自由じゆう肉が骨に一足飛いっそくとび変化へんか出来できますまい」と理学士りがくしだけあって寒月かんげつくん抗議こうぎもう迷亭めいていなにわぬかおつづける。「いや御不審ごふしんごもっともですがろんより証拠しょうここの通り骨があるから仕方しかたがありません。すでに骨が出来る。骨は出来ても鼻汁はなますな。出ればかまずにはいられません。この作用さようで骨の左右さゆうけずられてほそたか隆起りゅうき変化へんかしてまいります――じつおそろしい作用です。点滴てんてきいし穿うががごとく賓頭顱びんずるあたまおのずから光明こうみょうはながごとく、不思議薫ふしぎくん不思議臭ふしぎしゅうたとえのごとく、斯様かよう鼻筋はなすじとおって堅くなります」「それでもきみのなんぞ、ぶくぶくだぜ」「演者えんじゃ自身じしんの局部は回護かいごおそがありますから、わざとろんじません。かの金田かねだ御母堂様ごぼどうたせらるる鼻のごときは、もっとも発達せるもっとも偉大いだいなる天下てんか珍品ちんぴんとして御両君ごりょうくん紹介しょうかいしておきたいとおもいます」寒月君はおもわずヒヤヤヤと。「しかしもの極度きょくどたっします偉観いかんには相違そういございませんなんとなくおそろしくてちかづきがたものであります。あの鼻梁びりょうなどは素晴すばらしいにはちがいございませんが、少々しょうしょう峻嶮しゅんけんぎるかと思われます。古人こじんのうちにてもソクラチスゴールドスミスもしくはサッカレーの鼻などは構造こうぞううえから云うと随分ずいぶんもうぶんはございましょうがその申し分のあるところに愛嬌あいきょうがございます。はなたかゆえたっとからずなるがためにたっととはこの故でもございましょうか。下世話げせわにもはなより団子だんごもうしますれば美的びてき価値かちから申しますとまず迷亭くらいのところが適当てきとうかとぞんじます」寒月と主人しゅじんは「フフフフ」とわら

Rough translation

"As you're well aware, when blowing one's nose, one invariably grasps it. And in grasping it, one stimulates this particular area here. According to the fundamentals of evolutionary theory, this area in turn will respond to said stimulation with disproportionate development. The skin naturally stiffens, the flesh gradually solidifies. Before long they've hardened to bone." "That'a a bit -- flesh can't just turn to bone." Kangetsu, as a bachelor of science, can't let this pass unchallenged. Meitei, undeterred, continues on. "Skepticism is duly warranted, but the proof lies in the pudding. There's no denying the bone is there. So the bone forms, yet the nose still runs. One can't ignore a runny nose. Actions follow, the sides of the nose are worn away. In the end, a tall, slender protrusion results -- a marvel to behold. As dripping water cuts stone, as the head of Pindola Bharadjava shines with radiant light, in the vein of wondrous fragrances and curious smells, thus is conjured the ridge of the nose." "But yours is round and puffy." "The speaker's features, lest he fall to their defense, are not up for debate. My wish here is to expound, for your benefit, on the nose possessed by the elder Kaneda, the most developed, the grandest, the rarest specimen in all the land." "Hii ya ya ya!" Kangetsu, despite himself, cheers in approval. "However, while extremes harbor certain magnificence, they're also, in another sense, frightful and repulsive. The ridge of that nose may be quite splendid, but it strikes one as overly precipitous. The great men of old, be they Socrates, Goldsmith, or Thackeray, all fell short in facial form and nasal structure. These shortcomings, though, were endearing. It's not sheer height that endears a nose to us, but rather distinction of form. 'Dumplings rather than noses,' or so I believe they say. Along those lines, in terms of aesthetic appeal, the Meitei nose is more or less ideal." Kangetsu and the master burst out laughing.

Vocabulary

御承知ごしょうち (your) knowledge; awarenessとおり in accordance with鼻汁はなをかむ blow one's noseとき time; occasion是非ぜひ in any case; by all meansはな noseつまみます pinch; graspことに especially; particularly; above all局部 part; section刺激しげき stimulus; excitationあたえます impart (to)進化論しんかろん theory of evolution大原則だいげんそく primary principle; fundamental principleおうずる respond; react (to) others比例ひれいして in relation to; with respect to不相当ふそうとうな disproportionate発達はったつ development; growthいたします do; perform; undergoかわ skin自然しぜん naturally; as matter of courseかたくなります grow solid; become toughにく flesh次第しだいに gradually; bit by bitかたくなります grow solid; hardenって stiffen; hardenほね boneすこし a little; a bit自由じゆうに freely; at will一足飛いっそくとびに at one bound; in one step変化へんか change; transition出来できますまい can't happen; is improbable理学士りがくし bachelor of scienceだけあって as expected of寒月かんげつ Kangetsu (name)くん (suffix of familiarity for males)抗議こうぎ protest; objectionもうむ put in; lodge (an objection)迷亭めいてい Meitei (name)なにわぬかお unconcernedly; unperturbedつづける continue to talk御不審ごふしん (your) doubt; questionごもっとも reasonable; naturalろんより証拠しょうこ the proof is in the pudding (lit: evidence trumps theory)仕方しかたがありません it is what it is; that's that鼻汁はな nasal mucus; nasal dischargeます appear; emerge; come out作用さよう action; effect; function左右さゆう left and right; both sidesけずられて be shaved off; be scraped offほそい thin; slender; fineたかい high; tall隆起りゅうき rise; protrusion; projection変化へんかしてまいります transition intoじつに truly; veritablyおそろしい wondrous; marvelous点滴てんてき drops of waterいし stone穿うがつ drill; bore intoがごとく in the same way as ...賓頭顱びんずる Pindola Bharadvaja (one of four Arhats asked by the Buddha to remain in the world)あたま headおのずから naturally; as a matter of course光明こうみょう light emanating from a buddha or bodhisattvaはなつ release; emit; give off不思議薫ふしぎくん wondrous fragrances不思議臭ふしぎしゅう curious smellsたとえ saying; addage斯様かように in such manner鼻筋はなすじ bridge of the noseとおって via; by way ofきみ youぶくぶく swollen; bulging; puffy演者えんじゃ presenter; speaker自身じしん oneself回護かいご defense; justification おそれ fear; concernろんじません not discuss; not debate金田かねだ Kaneda (name)御母堂様ごぼどう motherたせらるる holds; carries (= たせられる)偉大いだいなる grand; magnificent天下てんか all the world珍品ちんぴん rare article; curiosity御両君ごりょうくん the two of you紹介しょうかいしておきたいとおもいます would like to introduce; would like to presentおもわず reflexively; spontaneouslyう call out; voiceもの things; objects極度きょくど extreme; utmostたっします reach; arrive at偉観いかん magnificent sight相違そういございません certain; without doubtなんとなく somehow; in some senseおそろしくて dreadful; frighteningちかづきがたい unapproachable; repulsive鼻梁びりょう bridge of the nose素晴すばらしい wonderful; splendidにはちがいございません no doubt that ...少々しょうしょう a little; somewhat峻嶮しゅんけんぎる too steep; overly precipitous古人こじん men of old; past figures; ancientsソクラチス Socratesゴールドスミス Goldsmith (Oliver Goldsmith; Irish novelist, playwright, and poet; 1728 – 1774)サッカレー Thackeray (William Thackeray; British novelist; 1811 – 1863)構造こうぞう structure; constructionうえ concerning; in regard to随分ずいぶん very much; a great dealもうぶん shortcomings; room for improvement愛嬌あいきょう charm; winsomeness; endearmentはなたかき high nose; prominent noseゆえに as a result of; due toたっとからず not valuedなる odd; eccentricたっとし valued; revered下世話げせわ common sayingはなより団子だんご dumplings over noses (play on はなより団子だんご)もうしますれば given the expression ...美的びてき aesthetic価値かち value; worth適当てきとう suitable; appropriateぞんじます think; believe主人しゅじん masterわらす break into laughter