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与次郎よじろう用事ようじというのはこうである。――今夜こんやかい自分じぶんたちの不振ふしんことしきりに慨嘆がいたんするから、三四郎さんしろうもいっしょに慨嘆しなくってはいけないんだそうだ。不振は事実じじつであるからほかのものも慨嘆するにきまっている。それから、おおぜいいっしょに挽回策ばんかいさくこうずることとなる。なにしろ適当てきとう日本人にほんじん一人ひとり大学だいがくれるのが急務きゅうむだと。みんなが賛成さんせいする当然とうぜんだから賛成するのはむろんだ。つぎにだれがよかろうという相談そうだんうつ。そのとき広田ひろた先生せんせい。その時三四郎は与次郎にくちえて極力きょくりょく先生を賞賛しょうさんしろというはなしである。そうしないと、与次郎が広田の食客いそうろうだということをっている者がうたがこさないともかぎらない。自分はげん食客なんだから、どうおもわれてもかまわないが、万一まんいちわずらが広田先生におよようではすまんことになる。もっともほかに同志どうしさん四人よにんはいるから、大丈夫だいじょうぶだが、一人でも味方みかたおおほうが便利べんりだから、三四郎もなるべくしゃべるにしくはないとの意見いけんである。さていよいよ衆議一決しゅうぎいっけつあかつき総代そうだいえらんで学長がくちょうところ、また総長そうちょうの所へ行く。もっとも今夜中こんやじゅうにそこまでははこばないかもしれない。また運ぶ必要ひつようもない。そのへんは臨機りんき応変おうへんである。……

与次郎はすこぶる能弁のうべんである。しいことにその能弁がつるつるしているのでおもがない。あるところへゆくと冗談じょうだんをまじめに講義こうぎしているかと疑われる。けれども本来ほんらい性質たちのいい運動うんどうだから、三四郎もだいたいのうえにおいて賛成のひょうした。ただその方法ほうほうすこしく細工さいくちておもしろくないと言った。その時与次郎は往来おうらいまんなかまった二人ふたりはちょうど森川町もりかわちょう神社じんじゃ鳥居とりいまえにいる。

Rough translation

Yojirō's plan was as follows. -- At the gathering that evening he would deplore, to any sympathetic ear, the lethargic state of their department. Sanshirō was to deplore it likewise. It was, in fact, lethargic, so others would deplore it too. Then, they would all formulate revitalization measures. Yojirō would propose the recruitment of suitable Japanese national faculty members as a pressing need. Everyone would agree. It was the right thing to do, so agreement was a given. Next, the discussion would turn to possible candidates. At that time, Yojirō would offer up Professor Hirota's name. Sanshirō's role was to back him up by praising the professor profusely. Otherwise certain fellows, who knew that Yojirō boarded with the professor, might stir up misgivings. Yojirō was, in actuality, the professor's boarder, so they could call him disingenuous if they liked. However, he couldn't risk landing the professor in hot water. He had other comrades too, so it should go well, but every additional ally improved their chances. Sanshirō should speak up as much as possible. Anyway, when they finally arrived at a unanimous consensus they'd select a representative to go see the dean and the president. All of this might not transpire in a single evening. It didn't need to. They'd play it by ear ...

Yojirō was was a gifted speaker. Regrettably, though, his rambling often robbed his words of gravity. After a while, one wondered if his earnest persuasion might not be all in jest. However, his initiative was not without merit, and Sanshirō, for the most part, expressed agreement. His only objection was that he found the approach somewhat lacking in tact. On hearing this, Yojirō drew to a stop in the middle of the road. They were just before the Morikawachō shrine gate.

Vocabulary

与次郎よじろう Yojirō (name)用事ようじ business; affairs今夜こんや this eveningかい gathering; get-together自分じぶんたちの one's own (the students' own) (academic) department不振ふしん stagnation; lethargyこと state; situationしきりに often; repeatedly慨嘆がいたんする deplore; lament三四郎さんしろう Sanshirō (name)事実じじつ truth; realityもの persons挽回策ばんかいさく revitalization planこうずる take measures; work out (a plan)適当てきとうな suitable; appropriate日本人にほんじん Japanese national一人ひとり one (person)大学だいがく universityれる bring into; recruit急務きゅうむ pressing needす bring up; propose賛成さんせいする agree; support当然とうぜん right; properつぎ next相談そうだん discussionうつる shift; transition (to)とき time; occasion広田ひろた先生せんせい Professor Hirota nameす bring forth; offer up (for consideration)くちえて support; second (a proposal)極力きょくりょく to the utmost賞賛しょうさんしろ praise; laudはなし discussion食客いそうろう house guest; boarding studentって know; be aware ofうたがい distrust; misgivingsこさないともかぎらない it's possible that (someone) might stir up ...げんに actually; in factおもわれて be regarded; be looked on万一まんいち on the off chance that ...わずらい trouble; disturbanceおよぶ extend to同志どうし comradeさん四人よにん 3 or 4 people大丈夫だいじょうぶ safe; alright味方みかた ally; supporterおおい many; numerous便利べんり expedient; advantageousにしくはない it would be best to ...意見いけん view; opinion衆議一決しゅうぎいっけつ unanimous agreementあかつきは on the occasion of; at the conclusion of総代そうだい representativeえらんで elect; choose学長がくちょう deanところ place; officeく go (to)総長そうちょう president of a university今夜中こんやじゅう (within) this eveningはこばないかもしれない may not progress; may not advance必要ひつよう necessity臨機りんき応変おうへん adapting to circumstances; playing it by ear 能弁のうべん fluency of speech; eloquenceしい regrettable; unfortunateつるつるして be slick; be slipperyおもみ weight; gravity冗談じょうだん gag; jest講義こうぎして lecture (on)本来ほんらい essentially; in (and of) itself性質たちのいい of good intent; worthy運動うんどう movement; initiative feelings; thoughtsひょうした expressed方法ほうほう method; approachすこしく slightly; to some degree細工さいくちて lacking in tact往来おうらい street; roadまんなか middleまった came to a stop二人ふたり two (people)森川町もりかわちょう Morikawachō (place name)神社じんじゃ Shinto shrine鳥居とりい torii (Shinto shrine gate)まえ front of