I am a Cat (Chapter 4 b) Section 132 Study Guide

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「アハハハそうそう坊主ぼうず仏様ほとけさまあたまたたいて安眠あんみん妨害ぼうがいになるからよしてくれってったっけ。しかしぼくのは竹刀しないだが、この鈴木すずき将軍しょうぐんのは手暴てあらだぜ。石塔せきとう相撲すもうをとって大小だいしょう三個さんこばかりころがしてしまったんだから」

「あのときの坊主のいかかたじつはげしかった是非ぜひもとのようにおこから人足にんそくやとまでってくれと云ったら人足じゃいかん懺悔ざんげひょうするためにあなたが自身じしん起さなくてはほとけの意にそむと云うんだからね」

「その時のきみ風采ふうさいはなかったぜ、金巾かなきんしゃつ越中褌えっちゅうふんどし雨上あめあが水溜みずたまなかでうんうんうなって……」

「それを君がすましたかお写生しゃせいするんだからひど。僕はあまりはらてたことのないおとこだが、あの時ばかりは失敬しっけいだとしんからおもったよ。あの時の君の言草いいぐさをまだおぼえているが君はってるか」

十年じゅうねんまえの言草なんかだれが覚えているものか、しかしあの石塔に帰泉きせん院殿いんでん黄鶴こうかく大居士だいこじ安永あんえい五年ごねんたつ正月しょうがつってあったのだけはいまだに記憶きおくしている。あの石塔は古雅こが出来できていたよ。時にぬすんできたかったくらいだ。実に美学びがくじょう原理げんりかなってゴシック趣味しゅみな石塔だった」と迷亭めいていはまた加減かげん美学をまわ

「そりゃいいが、君の言草がさ。こうだぜ――吾輩わがはいは美学を専攻せんこうするつもりだから天地間てんちかん面白おもしろ出来事できごとはなるべく写生しておいて将来しょうらい参考さんこうきょうさなければならんどくだの、可哀相かわいそうだのと云う私情しじょう学問がくもん忠実ちゅうじつなる吾輩ごときもののくちにすべきところでないと平気へいき云うのだろう。僕もあんまりな不人情ふにんじょう男だと思ったからどろだらけので君の写生しゃせいちょういてしまった」

Rough translation

"Ah ha ha ha. I remember that now. The priest accused me of striking the heads of departed souls and disturbing their slumber. I may have caused some ruckus with my fencing stick, but General Suzuki here went one better. He manhandled those stones, wrestling three of them, of varying sizes, onto their sides."

"That priest came at me, quite irate. He insisted I restore them to their proper positions. I told him to wait till I hired some help, but he wouldn't hear of it. Anything short of righting them myself, he said, as a display of penitence, was an affront to the Buddha."

"If you could've seen yourself. In muslin shirt and string loincloth, stomping through fresh puddles, moaning and groaning ..."

"And you had the gall to stand there calmly and sketch. I'm not one to lose his temper, but never had I felt so utterly disrespected. I remember still what you said. Do you recall what you told me?"

"Who can recall what was said ten years prior? On the other hand, the engravings on those pillars stand clear in my mind. One said, 'The honorable and respected Kisen Kōkaku, gone to glory in the 5th year of An'ei, in the first month, on the day of the dragon.' Paragons of classical elegance, that's what those stones were. When we moved, I was tempted to snatch one and take it along. In terms of aesthetics, they were truly a marvel, rendered, as they were, in the gothic style." Meitei spouts off again on aesthetics.

"That's all well and good, but here's what you said. It went like this -- 'My studies are in aesthetics, so it's imperative that I sketch. All that happens 'tween heaven and earth, anything of intrigue, I duly preserve for posterity's sake. Personal feelings, this being regrettable or that being a pity, are subjugated to scholarship's mission and dispelled from my mind.' So you stated, point blank. Appalled at such callousness, I seized your sketchbook with my muddy hands and rended it to shreds."

Vocabulary

坊主ぼうず (Buddhist) priest仏様ほとけさま deceased person; the deadあたま headたたいて beat; strike安眠あんみん restful sleep; peaceful slumber妨害ぼうがい obstruction; hindranceった saidぼく I; me竹刀しない bamboo fencing stick鈴木すずき Suzuki (name)将軍しょうぐん shōgun; general手暴てあら rough handling石塔せきとう stone monuments相撲すもう sumō (wrestling)大小だいしょう large and small; of various sizes三個さんこ three (items)ころがして tip over; topple とき time; occasionいかかた (manner of) anger; outrageじつに really; trulyはげしかった was furious; was intense是非ぜひ without failもと formerly; beforeおこせ stand (something) upう say; assert; insist人足にんそく laborers; workmenやとう employ; hireって wait懺悔ざんげ penitence; contrition feelings; thoughtsひょうする express; show; demonstrate自身じしんで personally; first-handほとけ Buddhaそむく run counter to; go against きみ you風采ふうさいはなかった were quite a sight金巾かなきん muslin; calicoしゃつ shirt (usually シャツ)越中褌えっちゅうふんどし string loincloth雨上あめあがり after the rain水溜みずたまり puddlesなか middleうなって moan; groan すましたかお look of composure; detached demeanor写生しゃせいする sketch; drawひどい cold; heartless; unfeelingはらてた got angry; took offense; lost one's temperこと case; instanceおとこ man; fellow失敬しっけい disrespectful; insolent; impertinentしん heart; soul; spiritおもった thought; considered言草いいぐさ remark; commentおぼえている rememberってる know; be aware of 十年じゅうねん ten yearsまえ before; priorだれ who帰泉きせん Kisen (name)院殿いんでん (honorary suffix affixed to posthumous names in feudal Japan)黄鶴こうかく Kōkaku (name)大居士だいこじ great man (used posthumously for high-ranking men)安永あんえい五年ごねん 5th year of An'ei (1776)たつ (day of the) Dragon (in 12-day zodiac cycle)正月しょうがつ first month of the year; Januaryってあった was engraved記憶きおくしている remember古雅こが classical elegance出来できていた was made; was formedす move (one's house); change residenceぬすんできたかった wanted to steal; would like to have snatched美学びがく aestheticsじょう concerning ...原理げんり basic principles; fundamentalsかなって suit; conform to; be consistent withゴシック gothic趣味しゅみ taste; preference迷亭めいてい Meitei (name)加減かげんな indiscriminate; arbitraryまわす wield; brandish; flourish 吾輩わがはい I; me; myself専攻せんこうする specialize (one's study) in天地間てんちかん between heaven and earth面白おもしろい interesting; intriguing出来事できごと happenings; affairs将来しょうらい future参考さんこう referenceきょうさなければならん need to offer; be obligated to present (to)どく unfortunate; regrettable可哀相かわいそう pitiable; pathetic私情しじょう personal feelings学問がくもん scholarship; erudition忠実ちゅうじつなる be faithful; be loyal (to)くちにすべき should make mention of平気へいきで coolly; without concern; with detachment不人情ふにんじょうな cold; unkind; uncaringどろだらけの mud-covered hands写生しゃせいちょう sketchbookいて tear up; rip apart