I am a Cat (Chapter 5 b) Section 161 Study Guide

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近頃ちかごろ東京とうきょうそうだな」

「ええいままで九州きゅうしゅう炭坑たんこうにおりましたが、こないだ東京とうきょうづめになりました。なかなかうまです。わたしなぞにでも朋友ほうゆうのようにはなします。――先生せんせいあのおとこがいくらもらってるとおもいなさる

らん

月給げっきゅう二百にひゃく五十ごじゅうえん盆暮ぼんくれ配当はいとうがつきますから、なんでも平均へいきん四五百しごひゃくえんになりますばい。あげな男が、よかしこっておるのに、先生はリーダー専門せんもん十年じゅうねん一狐裘いちこきゅうじゃ馬鹿気ばかげておりますなあ」

実際じっさい馬鹿気ているな」と主人しゅじんのような超然ちょうぜん主義しゅぎひとでも金銭きんせん観念かんねん普通ふつう人間にんげんことなるところはない。いや困窮こんきゅうするだけに人一倍ひといちばいかねしいかもれない多々良たたらくん充分じゅうぶん実業家じつぎょうか利益りえき吹聴ふいちょうしてもうことくなったものだから

おくさん、先生のところへ水島みずしま寒月かんげつと云うじんますか」

「ええ、いらっしゃいます」

どげんな人物じんぶつですか」

大変たいへん学問がくもん出来できかただそうです」

好男子こうだんしですか」

「ホホホホ多々良さんくらいなものでしょう」

「そうですか、私くらいなものですか」と多々良君真面目まじめである。

「どうして寒月のを知っているのかい」と主人が

「せんだってひとからたのまれました。そんな事を聞くだけの価値かちのある人物でしょうか」多々良君は聞かぬさきからすでに寒月以上いじょうかまえている

きみよりよほどえらい男だ」

「そうでございますか、私よりえらいですか」とわらいもせずおこりもせぬ。これが多々良君の特色とくしょくである。

Rough translation

"It seems he's just back in Tōkyō."

"Yes, he was down at a coal operation in Kyūshū, but got himself re-assigned to Tōkyō. He's an accomplished man, but also approachable. Talked to me like a friend. -- Tell me, how much do you reckon he earns?"

"I've no idea."

"His monthly pay is two hundred and fifty yen, but he also gets a hefty bonus twice a year, so he must average four to five hundred. He gets his fair share, while one such as yourself, specializing in English Readers for ten years on now, just barely scrapes by. It's absurd."

"Absurd indeed!" It seems the master, while purporting to shun convention, is no different than any other man when it comes to financial concerns. In fact, given his dire straits, his pining for wealth is likely more acute.

Tatara, having sufficiently touted the benefits of the business world, has nothing further to say on that matter and moves on to his next subject. Addressing the wife, he asks if one Mizushima Kangetsu ever calls.

"Yes, he's by here often."

"What kind of person is he?"

"They say he's quite the accomplished scholar."

"Is he a dashing man?"

"Ho ho ho ho. I should say he's as dashing as you are."

"Is that right. The same as me?" Tatara speaks in all earnestness.

"How do you know of Kangetsu?" the master asks.

"The other day, a certain person inquired. I wondered if he was even worth digging into." Tatara, before even asking, has already dismissed Kangetsu as a lesser man than himself.

"He's much more talented than you are."

"Is that so? More talented than I am?" In keeping with his character, Tatara's response is devoid of emotion.

Vocabulary

近頃ちかごろ recently; of late東京とうきょう Tōkyōた came (to); arrived (in) いま now; the present九州きゅうしゅう Kyūshū炭坑たんこう coal mine東京とうきょうづめ assigned to Tōkyō; working in Tōkyōうまい clever; successfulわたし I; me朋友ほうゆう friend; companionはなします talk with; converse with先生せんせい teacher; professor; scholar (used here as form of address)おとこ man; fellowもらって receive; bring home (pay)おもいなさる think; figure; reckon らん don't know; couldn't say 月給げっきゅう (monthly) salary二百にひゃく五十ごじゅうえん two hundred and fifty yen盆暮ぼんくれ Bon (festival) and Year's End (holidays)配当はいとう allotment; shareなんでも anyhow; at any rate; it would seem平均へいきん on average四五百しごひゃくえん four or five hundred yenよかしこ sufficiently; amplyって take; getリーダー (English) Readers専門せんもん specialty; area of expertise十年じゅうねん一狐裘いちこきゅう scrimping and saving (lit: wearing one fox pelt; reference to a Chinese legendary figure)馬鹿気ばかげております absurd; inane; outrageous 実際じっさい truly; indeed主人しゅじん master超然ちょうぜん aloof; transcendent; defying convention主義しゅぎ principle; doctrineひと person; man金銭きんせん money観念かんねん ideas; notions; concept普通ふつうの ordinary; general人間にんげん people; personsことなる differいや no; nay; rather困窮こんきゅうする have difficulty; struggle with人一倍ひといちばい more so than othersかね moneyしい wanted; wished for; desiredかもれない it may be that ...多々良たたら Tatara (name)くん (suffix of familiarity for males)充分じゅうぶん sufficiently; adequately実業家じつぎょうか businessman; industrialist利益りえき benefits; advantages吹聴ふいちょうして talk up; toutう say; addこと facts; matters; pointsくなった ran out of; have exhausted おくさん wife; lady of the house (used here as form of address)水島みずしま寒月かんげつ Mizushima Kangetsu (name)じん person; manます come; call; visit く often; frequently どげんな what kind of (= どんな)人物じんぶつ person; personage; character 大変たいへん very much; a great deal学問がくもん scholarship; learning出来できる capable of; able to doかた person; gentleman 好男子こうだんし handsome man; fine fellow 真面目まじめ serious; earnest  nameく ask ひと a certain personたのまれました was requested価値かちのある be of value; be of worthさきから before even ...以上いじょうに above; more thanかまえている adopt a posture; assume a stance きみ you わらいもせずおこりもせぬ neither laughs nor takes offense; keeps an even temper特色とくしょく characteristic; personality trait