Next comes a ringing sound from my clamshell dish behind the stove. Realizing the enemy is back there too, I approach on stealthy feet, only to catch the glimpse of a tail before it retreats round the bucket and disappears under the sink. A moment later, from the bathing room comes the sound of the gargle cup clinking against the metal basin. As I turn to look behind me, a big fellow nimbly scurries beneath the floor boards, upsetting a bag of tooth brushing powder in the process. Not about to let him get away, I jump down in pursuit, only to find that I'm too late. Catching mice is harder than I thought. Perhaps I'm not a born mouser.
As I make my way to the bathing room, the enemy emerges from the cupboard. If I stake out the cupboard, they come up from the sink. When I stand my ground in the middle of the kitchen, activity erupts, sporadically, on three fronts. Call it cheekiness, or call it cowardice, they're no worthy foe for a gentleman. After fifteen or so attempts, running myself here and there to exhaustion, I've nothing to show for it. Sad though it is to admit, even the great Admiral Tōgō, pitted against such base creatures, would find himself stymied. I'd started out the courageous conqueror, noble in my stoic resolve. Now, however, the whole undertaking seems bothersome and foolish. On top of that, fatigue has rendered me drowsy. I plant myself in the middle of the kitchen and don't move. I don't move, but I keep watch on all sides, and this suffices to keep the enemy, base creatures that they are, laregly in check. When one's foes turn out to be no better than shabby rogues, warefare loses its honor, and all that's left is repugnance. Then, the repugnance having subsided, one's left in a dazed stupor. After the stupor, finally, comes indifference. Let them do as they please, it can never amount to much. Such is my great disdain, which brings on a great fatigue. And thus it is that fatigue rules the day. I'm going to sleep. The beckoning of slumber, even in the midst of one's foes, is not to be denied.