I am a Cat (Chapter 6 b) Section 195 Study Guide

Practice text with full furigana

ここへ東風とうふうくんさえくれば、主人しゅじんうち出入でいりする変人へんじんはことごとく網羅もうらつくしたとまでかずともすくなくとも吾輩わがはい無聊ぶりょうなぐさむるほどの頭数あたまかず御揃おそろいになったわねばならぬ。これで不足ふそくを云っては勿体もったいないうんるくほかの家へわれた最後さいご生涯しょうがい人間にんげんちゅうかかる先生方せんせいがた一人ひとりでもあろうとさえかずにんでしまうかもれないさいわいにして苦沙弥くしゃみ先生門下もんか猫児びょうじとなって朝夕ちょうせき虎皮こひまえはんべるので先生は無論むろんこと迷亭めいてい寒月かんげつ乃至ないし東風などと云うひろ東京とうきょうにさえあまりれいのない一騎いっき当千とうせん豪傑ごうけつれん挙止きょし動作どうさながら拝見はいけんするのは吾輩にとって千載せんざい一遇いちぐう光栄こうえいである。御蔭様おかげさまこのあつのに毛袋けぶくろでつつまれていると云う難儀なんぎわすれて面白おもしろ半日はんにち消光しょうこうすること出来できのは感謝かんしゃいたである。どうせこれだけあつまれば只事ただごとではすまない。なにがるだろうとふすまかげからつつしんで拝見する。

「どうも無沙汰ごぶさたいたしました。しばらく」と御辞儀おじぎをする東風君のかおと、先日せんじつのごとくやはり奇麗きれいひかっている。あたまだけでひょうするなん緞帳どんちょう役者やくしゃのようにも見えるが、しろ小倉こくらはかまゴワゴワするのを御苦労ごくろうにも鹿爪しかつめらしく穿いているところは榊原さかきばら健吉けんきち内弟子うちでしとしかおもえないしたがって東風君の身体からだ普通ふつう人間にんげんらしいところはかたからこしまでのあいだだけである。「いや暑いのに、よく御出掛おでかけだね。さあずっと、こっちへとおりたまえ」と迷亭めいてい先生は自分じぶん家らしい挨拶あいさつをする。「先生には大分だいぶひさしく御目おめにかかりません」「そうさ、たしかこのはる朗読会ろうどくかいぎりだったね。朗読会と云えば近頃ちかごろはやはり御盛おさかんかね。その御宮おみやにゃなりませんか。あれはうまかったよ。ぼくおおい拍手はくしゅしたぜ、きみ気が付いてたかい」「ええ御蔭でおおきに勇気ゆうきまして、とうとうしまいまでぎつけました」「今度こんどはいつ御催おもよおがありますか」と主人がくち

Rough translation

With Tōfū arrived, the eccentrics who frequent the master's house are more or less assembled. If not all, then at least enough of them to break the monotony for a while. To ask for more would be asking too much. Had I by some misfortune ended up elsewhere, I might well have, to the end of my days, never have known even one such scholar to exist among all of humanity. Happily, as master Kushami's prized cat, I pass my days in the service of these nobles. It's a rare honor to observe, in comfortable repose, the words and deeds of a company of great men. There's the master, of course, then also Meitei, Kangetsu, and even Tōfū, the likes of which are unrivaled and few and far between in this vast expanse that's Tōkyō. Owing to these men, I can forget for the moment the heat of the day and this stifling layer of fur. Owing to their presence, an agreeable half day awaits. With this company assembled, there's no telling what may arise. In humble anticipation, I survey the scene, half hidden by the fusuma.

"It's been a while. Forgive me for not calling sooner," Tōfū offers his greeting with a slight bow. His face is ever handsome and radiant. Judging him from the neck up, he could well be some second-tier actor. Then again, the overt formality of his stiffly-starched white Kokura-weave hakama suggests an apprenticeship to the master swordsman Sakakibara Kenkichi. In summary, only from shoulders to waist is he unassuming in appearance. "Good of you to brave this heat. Come in and make yourself at home." Meitei plays the host, as if the place were his own. "I haven't seen you in a good spell." "How long's it been? I believe it was the spring recital. Speaking of recitals, how's that going? Are you still playing the courtier? You were most impressive. I hope you noticed my hearty applause." "I did indeed. Your encouragement carried me through." "When is your next event?" the master chimes in to query Tōfū.

Vocabulary

東風とうふう Tōfū (name)くん (suffix of familiarity for males)主人しゅじん masterうち house; home出入でいりする come and go; frequent変人へんじん eccentrics; oddballs; cranks網羅もうらつくした fully included; fully comprisedとまでかずとも even if not quite ...すくなくとも at least吾輩わがはい I; me; myself無聊ぶりょう boredom; ennuiなぐさむる soothe; lighten; alleviateる suffice to ...頭数あたまかず head count; number of persons御揃おそろいになった are gatheredわねばならぬ have to say不足ふそく deficiency; dearth勿体もったいない ungracious; unappreciative; asking too muchうんるく by some misfortuneわれた was kept; was owned (as a pet)最後さいご in the end生涯しょうがい all one's life人間にんげんちゅう among humans; among menかかる such; like these先生方せんせいがた teachers; scholars一人ひとり one (single) personかずに without realizing; without being aware ofんでしまう pass away; perishかもれない it may be that ...さいわいにして fortunately苦沙弥くしゃみ Kushami (the master's name)門下もんか under one's wing猫児びょうじ cat-child; pet cat朝夕ちょうせき morning to night虎皮こひ noble men (who sit on tiger fur)まえ front ofはんべる wait upon; serve (= べる)無論むろんこと of course; without saying迷亭めいてい Meitei (name)寒月かんげつ Kangetsu (name)乃至ないし as well asひろい wide; vast; expansive東京とうきょう Tōkyōれいのない few and far between一騎いっき当千とうせん mighty warrior (lit: one horseman vanquishing a thousand)豪傑ごうけつれん company of great men挙止きょし動作どうさ bearing and behavior; deportmentながら (while) resting; reposing拝見はいけんする watch; observe千載せんざい一遇いちぐう once in a lifetime; by rare fortune光栄こうえい honor; privilege御蔭様おかげさまで thanks to ; owing toあつい hot (weather)毛袋けぶくろ bag of fur; sack of fur難儀なんぎ affliction; difficulty; hardshipわすれて forget; put out of one's mind面白おもしろく pleasantly; agreeably半日はんにち half a day消光しょうこうする pass timeこと出来できる can ...; am able to ...感謝かんしゃ thanks; gratitudeいたり the height of ...あつまれば gather; come together只事ただごと commonplace mattersなにか somethingがる arise; come up; occurふすま fusuma (sliding screen)かげ shelter of; backside ofつつしんで respectfully; humbly 無沙汰ごぶさたいたしました pardon my long absence; sorry to have stayed away for so long御辞儀おじぎ bow (by way of greeting)かお faceる look at先日せんじつ the other day奇麗きれいに finely; handsomelyひかって shine; radiate; glowあたま headひょうする assess; guage; rateなんか somehow; in some sense緞帳どんちょう役者やくしゃ two-bit actor; second-tier actorしろい white小倉こくら warp rib weave cotton fabric from Kokura region (= 小倉こくらおり)はかま hakama (men's formal pleated skirt)ゴワゴワする be stiff; be starchy御苦労ごくろうにも with some effort; going to lengths鹿爪しかつめらしく formally; solemnly穿いて wear (on one's lower body)榊原さかきばら健吉けんきち Sakakibara Kenkichi (Meiji Era master swordsman; 1830–1894)内弟子うちでし private pupil; apprenticeとしかおもえない can only imagine as ...したがって accordingly; as a consequence身体からだ body; physical being普通ふつうの ordinairy; common; normal人間にんげん person; manかた shouldersこし hips; waistあいだ interval; span御出掛おでかけ going out; leaving homeとおりたまえ please come in迷亭めいてい Meitei (name)自分じぶんの one's own挨拶あいさつ greeting; salutation大分だいぶ considerablyひさしく for a long time御目おめにかかりません not see (someone)はる spring; springtime朗読会ろうどくかい recitation event; collective reading近頃ちかごろ recently; of late御盛おさかん going well; flourishingその after that; since then御宮おみや courtierうまかった was wonderful; was splendidぼく I; meおおいに very much; greatly拍手はくしゅした clapped; applaudedきみ youおおきに a great deal勇気ゆうきまして was emboldened; was encouragedぎつけました achieved; managed to do今度こんど this time; next time御催おもよおし holding; putting on (an event)くちす add one's voice; chime in