I am a Cat (Chapter 3 b) Section 095 Study Guide

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しかし一度いちどおもったこと中途ちゅうとでやめるのは、白雨ゆうだちかとっているとき黒雲くろくもとも隣国りんこくとおぎたように、なんとなくのこしい。それもがこっちにあれば格別かくべつだが、いわゆる正義せいぎのため、人道じんどうのためなら、たとい無駄死むだじにをやるまでもすすのが、義務ぎむ男児だんじ本懐ほんかいであろう。無駄骨むだぼね無駄足むだあしよごくらいはねことして適当てきとうところである。猫とうまれた因果いんが寒月かんげつ迷亭めいてい苦沙弥くしゃみ諸先生しょせんせい三寸さんずん舌頭ぜっとう相互そうごう思想しそう交換こうかんする技倆ぎりょうはないが、猫だけにしのじゅつは諸先生より達者たっしゃである。他人たにん出来でき事を成就じょうじゅするのはそれ自身じしんにおいて愉快ゆかいである。われ一箇いっこでも、金田かねだ内幕ないまくのは、だれ知らぬより愉快である。ひとげられんでも人に知られているな自覚じかく彼等かれらあたうるだけが愉快である。こんなに愉快が続々ぞくぞくかずにはいられない。やはり行く事にいたそう

むこ横丁よこちょうと、いたとお西洋館せいようかん角地面かどじめん吾物顔わがものがお占領せんりょうしている。この主人しゅじんもこの西洋館のごとく傲慢ごうまんかまえているんだろうと、もん這入はいってその建築けんちくながめて見たがただ人を威圧いあつしようと、二階にかいづく無意味むいみっているほかに何等なんらのうもない構造こうぞうであった。迷亭のいわゆる月並つきなみとはこれであろうか。玄関げんかんみぎ植込うえこみなかとおけて勝手口かってぐちまわ。さすがに勝手はひろ、苦沙弥先生の台所だいどころ十倍じゅうばいはたしかにある。せんだって日本にっぽん新聞しんぶんくわしくいてあった大隈おおくまはくの勝手にもおとるまいおもくらい整然せいぜんとぴかぴかしている。「模範もはん勝手だな」と這入はい。見ると漆喰しっくいたたげた二坪ふたつぼほどの土間どまに、れい車屋くるまやかみさんちながら御飯焚ごはんた車夫しゃふ相手あいてにしきりになにべんじている。こいつは剣呑けんのんだと水桶みずおけうらへかくれる。

Rough translation

Then again, to refrain having once committed is somehow dissatisfying, like watching an anticipated rainfall, dark clouds and all, pass on to a neighboring land. It would be one thing if my intent were iniquity, but justice and benevolence are at stake here. Any duty-loving man would gladly champion their defense, even at risk of dying in vain. It's only proper, then, for a cat to invest some exertion or muddy his feet, even to no avail. As a cat, I lack the faculty to debate learned men like Kangetsu, Meitei, and the master. I can't engage in exchange of ideas. What I can do, and far better than any scholar, is exercise stealth. To do what others cannot is, in and of itself, most satisfying. And better that I alone be privy to the Kaneda secrets than no one at all. I can't relate what I know, but I can make it known that I know, and that too is something. More and more, the pendulum swings in favor of action. It's decided - I'll go.

I make my way to the lane cross the way, and sure enough, on the corner lot stands a Western-style house, looming over its neighbors. It occurrs to me, as I pass through the gate and survey the structure, that its owners, likewise, must lord it over their neighbors. The two-story height serves no useful function, other than to impose its presence on its surroundings. Was this not Meitei's so-called "mundanity?" The entryway back to my right, I creep through the shrubs and circle round to the kitchen door. The kitchen is duly large, ten times that of the master's place. The other day, the Japan News ran a story on Count Ōkuma and described his kitchen in detail. This kitchen, tidy and sparkling, is no less impressive. I steal my way into this "kitchen exemplar." In a small ante room with plastered floor stands the aforementioned cartman's wife, in spirited conversation with a kitchen helper and rickshaw man. My senses on high alert, I advance as far as the water tank and hide myself in back.

Vocabulary

一度いちど one time; onceおもった made up one's mind; set one's mind toこと act; action中途ちゅうと in the middle; half-way白雨ゆうだち rain shower; evening showerる come; arriveっている be waitingとき time; occasion黒雲くろくも black clouds; dark cloudsとも together with隣国りんこく neighboring landとおぎた passed on toなんとなく somehow; in some wayのこしい regrettable; disappointing fault; error; mistake格別かくべつ special; particular; different story正義せいぎ justice; righteousness人道じんどう fraternity; benevolence無駄死むだじに dying in vain; sacrificing for a lost causeすすむ proceed; advance; carry on義務ぎむ duty; fidelity; allegianceる know; grasp; recognize男児だんじ boy; son; man本懐ほんかい cherished desire; great ambition無駄骨むだぼねり work to no effect無駄足むだあしよごす muddy one's feet to no availねこ cat適当てきとうの suitable; properうまれた be born (as)因果いんが fate; karma寒月かんげつ Kangetsu (name)迷亭めいてい Meitei (name)苦沙弥くしゃみ Kushami (the master's name)諸先生しょせんせい various scholars; various learned men三寸さんずん舌頭ぜっとう glib tongue相互そうごうの mutual; reciprocal思想しそう ideas; thoughts交換こうかんする exchange技倆ぎりょう ability; talent; skillしのび stealthじゅつ art; technique達者たっしゃ skilled; proficient他人たにん other people; others出来できぬ can't do成就じょうじゅする fulfill; complete; realize自身じしん itself愉快ゆかい pleasant; enjoyableわれ I; me; myself一箇いっこ one (thing)金田かねだ Kaneda (name)内幕ないまく inner workingsる know; learn ofだれも (no) oneひと a personげられん can't tell; can't informう saying; stating自覚じかく self-consciousness; self-awareness彼等かれら they; themあたうる give; present to; impose on続々ぞくぞく successively; one after anotherて appear; emergeかずにはいられない have to goいたそう decide (to) むこう other side; facing; opposite横丁よこちょう alleyway; side streetる come (to); arrive (at)いた heardとおり just as; exactly as西洋館せいようかん Western-style house角地面かどじめん corner lot吾物顔わがものがおに in a commanding fashion占領せんりょうして occupy; possess主人しゅじん owner; proprietor傲慢ごうまん haughty; arrogant; overbearingかまえて put on an air; assume an attitudeもん gate這入はいって enter (through)建築けんちく construction; architectureながめて look over; take in (visually)威圧いあつしよう intimidate; overwhelm; browbeat二階にかいづくり two-story construction無意味むいみに without meaningって stick up; protrude何等なんらの no form of; no type ofのう function; capacity; merit構造こうぞう structure; construction月並つきなみ ordinary; commonplace; mundane玄関げんかん entrywayみぎて regard on one's right; set to one's right植込うえこみ shrubbery; thicket of plantsなか middleとおけて pass through; cut through勝手口かってぐち kitchen entrance; service entranceまわる circle round (to)ひろい spacious台所だいどころ kitchen十倍じゅうばい ten fold日本にっぽん新聞しんぶん Japan News (newspaper published 1889-1914)くわしく in detailいてあった was written up; was described大隈おおくまはく Count Ōkuma (Ōkuma Shigenobu; warrior, politician, and educator; 1838-1922)おとるまい by no means inferior to; very likely the equal ofおもう seem (to be)整然せいぜん orderly; trim; tidy模範もはん model; example這入はいむ step into; slip into漆喰しっくい mortar; plasterたたげた paved; finished (with pavement)二坪ふたつぼ 2 tsubo (about 6 sq meters; about 8 sq yards)土間どま exterior roomれいの the aforementioned車屋くるまや cartmanかみさん wifeちながら standing (there)御飯焚ごはんたき kitchen helper車夫しゃふ rickshaw puller相手あいて companions; companyなにか somethingべんじて speak; talk (of)剣呑けんのん dangerous; perilous水桶みずおけ cistern; water tankうら back side; behind