Peculiar Sounds - Section 005 Study Guide

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やがて食道癌しょくどうがんおとこ退院たいいんした胃癌いがんひとのはあきらめさえすればなんでもないってうつくしく死んだ。潰瘍かいようの人はだんだんわるくなった夜半よなかさまと、時々ときどきひがしのはずれで、付添つきそいのものがこおりくだおとがした。その音がやむ同時どうじ病人びょうにんは死んだ。自分じぶん日記にっきんだ。――「三人さんにんのうち二人ふたり死んで自分だけのこったから、死んだ人たいして残っているのがどくのようながする。あの病人は嘔気はきけがあって、むこはしからこっちのはてまでひびようなこえして始終しじゅうげえげえいていたが、この二三日にさんにちそれがぴたりときこえなくなったので、だいぶちついてまあ結構けっこうだとおもったらじつ疲労ひろうきょく声を出す元気げんきうしなったのだとれた。」

そののち患者かんじゃかわかわたりはいったりした。自分の病気びょうきむにしたがってしだいに快方かいほうに向った。しまいには上草履うわぞうり穿いてひろ廊下ろうかをあちこち散歩さんぽはじめた。そのときふとしたことから偶然ぐうぜんある附添つきそい看護婦かんごふくちくようになったあたたかい午過ひるすぎ食後しょくご運動うんどうがてら水仙すいせんみずえてやろうと思って洗面所せんめんじょ水道すいどうせんねじっていると、その看護婦が受持うけもちへや茶器ちゃきあらいにれいとお挨拶あいさつをしながら、しばらく自分のにした朱泥しゅでいはちと、そのなかげられたようにふくれてえる珠根たまねながめていたが、やがてその眼を自分の横顔よこがおうつしてこのまえ御入院ごにゅういんの時よりもうずっと御顔色おかおいろくなりましたねと、さんげつ前の自分といまの自分を比較ひかくしたような批評ひひょうをした。

Rough translation

In the end, the fellow with esophageal cancer was discharged. The fellow with stomach cancer, saying he'd made his peace and was ready to die, passed away with utmost grace. The fellow with ulcers grew worse over time. On some nights, as I lay awake, I could hear his attendant crushing ice at the east end of the hall. The pateint died, and the sound of the ice was heard no more. I entered the following in my diary. -- "Of the three of us, two are now gone. With respect to the two who have passed, to live on seems, in some sense, an affront. The one had been nauseous and wretched continually. The sound had carried from one end of the hall to the other. These last several days he'd gone silent, and I'd imagined perhaps his nausea had subsided. In fact, as it turned out, he was simply too weak to produce any sound."

Thereafter, various patients came and went in turn. With the passing of days, my own condition improved. By and by, I began to stroll the wide hallways in slippered feet. As it happened, I came to be on speaking terms with a certain attandant nurse. One warm afternoon, to take some exercise after lunch, I took a potted daffodil to the sink to freshen its water. As I ran the spigot, the nurse approached, carrying teacups from her rooms that she'd come to wash. She greeted me in the usual manner, looked for a moment at the pot in my hands and the large bulb root that crowded its center, then lifted her gaze to view my face in profile. "Your complexion looks much better now than the last time." She was contrasting my appearance of three months ago with my appearance at present.

Vocabulary

食道癌しょくどうがん esophageal cancerおとこ man; fellow退院たいいんした left the hospital; was discharged胃癌いがん stomach cancerひと person; manぬ die; pass away; perishあきらめさえすれば once resolved toなんでもない is nothing; is easily dealt withって say; stateうつくしく beautifully; with grace潰瘍かいよう ulcersわるくなった grew worse夜半よなか middle of the nightさます wake up; be awake時々ときどき at times; on occasionひがし east付添つきそい attendantこおり iceくだく break; crushおと sound同時どうじに at the same time; concurrent with病人びょうにん the patient自分じぶん I; me日記にっき diary; journalんだ wrote into; entered三人さんにん three people; three men二人ふたり two people; two menのこった remained; was leftたいして with respect to; regardingどく unpardonable feeling嘔気はきけ nauseaむこう beyond; the far sideはし end (of the hall)はて end; limit; extremityひびく resound; reverberateこえ voice; vocal soundして put out; put forth始終しじゅう constantly; continuallyいて vomit; spit up; wretch二三日にさんにち two or three days; few daysきこえなくなった was no longer heardちついて settled down; subsided結構けっこう fine; good; wellおもったら thought; figuredじつは actually; in fact疲労ひろう exhaustion; fatigueきょく limit; extreme元気げんき energy; vigorうしなった lostれた learned そののち after that; from there on患者かんじゃ patientsかわかわり in turnsたりはいったりした came and went病気びょうき illness; maladyむにしたがって with the passing of days快方かいほう convalescence上草履うわぞうり indoor sandals; slippers穿いて wear (on one's feet)ひろい wide; broad; spacious廊下ろうか hallways散歩さんぽはじめた began to strollとき timeふとしたことから as it happened偶然ぐうぜん by chance附添つきそいの attendant看護婦かんごふ (female) nurseくちくようになった came to be on speaking terms (with)あたたかい warm; mild day午過ひるすぎ afternoon食後しょくご after lunch運動うんどうがてら by way of exercise水仙すいせん daffodilみず waterえて change洗面所せんめんじょ wash basin; sinkて go out (to)水道すいどうせん faucet handleねじって twist; turn受持うけもちの under one's chargeへや room茶器ちゃき tea cups; dishesあらいにて come to washれいとおり as usual挨拶あいさつ greeting; salutationにした held in one's hand朱泥しゅでい unglazed reddish brown potteryはち bowlなか inside; withinげられた heaped; piledふくれてえる look swollen珠根たまね bulbous rootながめて look at; fix one's attention on横顔よこがお face in profileうつして transfer; shift; move (to)このまえ before; prior御入院ごにゅういん (you) were hospitalized御顔色おかおいろ skin tone; complexionくなりました is better; has improvedさんげつ three monthsいま now; at present比較ひかくした compared; contrasted批評ひひょう assessment