I am a Cat (Chapter 8 b) Section 256 Study Guide

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神経性しんけいせい胃弱いじゃくなる主人しゅじんあたまつぶくらいは容易ようい出来でき砲手ほうしゅはこれだけで事足ことたのだが、その周囲しゅうい附近ふきんには弥次馬やじうまけん援兵えんぺい雲霞うんかのごとくうている。ポカーンと擂粉木すりこぎ団子だんごあたいなわー、ぱちぱちぱちと、わめく、、やれやれと。中ったろうと云う。これでもかねえかと云う。おそらねえかと云う。降参こうさんかと云う。これだけならまだしもであるが、たたかえされた弾丸だんがん三度さんど一度いちどかなら臥竜窟がりょうくつ邸内ていないころがり。これがころがり込まなければ攻撃こうげき目的もくてきたっせられんのである。ダムダムだん近来きんらい諸所しょしょ製造せいぞうする随分ずいぶん高価こうかものであるから、いかに戦争せんそうでもそう充分じゅうぶん供給きょうきゅうあおわけかん大抵たいてい一隊いったいの砲手にひともしくはふたわりである。ポンとたびこの貴重きちょう弾丸を消費しょうひする訳には行かん。そこで彼等かれらたまひろいしょうする一部隊いちぶたいもうけて落弾おちだまを拾ってくる。場所ばしょがよければ拾うのにほねれないが、草原くさはらとかひとの邸内へとそう容易たやすもどってない。だから平生へいぜいならなるべく労力ろうりょくけるため、ひろやすところおとはずであるが、このさい反対はんたい。目的が遊戯ゆうぎにあるのではない、戦争にそんするのだから、わざとダムダム弾を主人の邸内にらせる。邸内に降らせる以上いじょう、邸内へ這入はいって拾わなければならん。邸内に這入るもっとも簡便かんべん方法ほうほうよっがきえるにある。四つ目垣のうちで騒動そうどうすれば主人がおこさなければならんしからずんばかぶといで降参しなければならん。苦心くしんのあまり頭がだんだん禿げて来なければならん

Rough translation

As the master already suffers poor digestion, brought on by overwrought nerves, to rile him up is not so hard. The gunners alone would suffice, but around them on all sides is a vast gallery, doubling as reinforcements. The pestle meets the dumpling with a crack, and immediately comes a chorus of whoops and hollers, along with rounds of applause and shouts of encouragement. "What a hit!" "That'll show 'em!" "Show 'em who's boss!" "Had enough?" As if this weren't enough, every third shot comes tumbling onto the master's grounds. This is the necessary culmination of their grand assault. The manufacture of dumdum projectiles is no longer confined to their namesake arsenal, but nevertheless, the cost is high. Even in times of war, there's no assurance of steady supply. The typical company of gunners has but one, or at most two. Each time the ring of the pestle sends this prized shell flying, it has to be retrieved. To this end, they've formed a separate "fetching" squad and tasked them accordingly. A shell falling on friendly ground is easily fetched, but not so when it lands in tall grass or sails onto private property. One might expect, then, that to spare their efforts they'd launch with an eye toward easy retrieval. In fact, they do just the opposite. This is no sport. It's belligerence. They purposely target the master's grounds. And having hit their mark, they've no option but to rescue and recover. The easiest method of retrieval is to hop the bamboo fence. And once they've hopped the fence, the master is compelled to rant and rave and chase them off. To do any less would constitute surrender. In return for his pains, the hair on his head grows thinner each day.

Vocabulary

神経性しんけいせい nervous; neurogenic胃弱いじゃく weak digestion; dyspepsia主人しゅじん masterあたま head; mindつぶす crush; destroy容易よういに easily出来できる can do; can accomplish砲手ほうしゅ gunners; gunmen事足ことたる be adequate; suffice周囲しゅうい surroundings附近ふきん vicinity弥次馬やじうま onlookers; galleryけん and/or; at the same time援兵えんぺい reinforcements雲霞うんか swarm; throng; drove (lit: clouds and mist)うて attend on; accompany擂粉木すりこぎ pestle団子だんご dumplingあたる hit; strikeいなや as soon as ...つ clap; applaudう say; call outかねえ not be enough; not do the trickおそらねえ not be humbled; not be awed降参こうさん surrender; submissionまだしも better; not so badたたかえされた was knocked back; was driven back弾丸だんがん shot; shell; projectile三度さんど three times一度いちどに one time; onceかならず invariably; without fail臥竜窟がりょうくつ Garyōkutsu (name; lit: lair of the sleeping dragon)邸内ていない (within the) grounds; premisesころがりむ come tumbling into攻撃こうげき attack; assault; onslaught目的もくてき objective; aimたっせられん not be reached; not be achievedダムダムだん dumdum bullet (expanding bullet; produced by British at Dum Dum Arsenal near Calcutta)近来きんらい recently; of late諸所しょしょ various places; here and there; everywhere製造せいぞうする make; produce随分ずいぶん very much; a great deal高価こうかな expensive; costly戦争せんそう war; battle; engagement充分じゅうぶんな adequate; sufficient供給きょうきゅう supply; provisionあおぐ depend on; rely on; expectわけかん can't very well ...大抵たいてい generally; for the most part一隊いったい one company; one squadひとつ one (thing)ふたつ two (things)わり ratio; rateる ring outたびに each time ...貴重きちょうな valued; prized消費しょうひする expend; exhaust彼等かれら they; themたまひろい ball fetching; ball retrievalしょうする be called; be designated as一部隊いちぶたい one squad; one unitもうけて establish; organize; put in place落弾おちだま fallen ball; flown ball場所ばしょ landing place; resting placeほねれない have no trouble; take no great pains草原くさはら grassy area; meadowひと a person; anotherむ fly into容易たやすく easily; simplyもどってない not come back; not return平生へいぜい usual; ordinary労力ろうりょく effort; labor; toilける avoidひろやすい easy to retrieveところ location; placeおとす knock down; bring downこのさい on this occasion; in this case反対はんたい reverse; converseる appear; come out; proceed遊戯ゆうぎ game; sportそんする exist; dwell; resideらせる (cause to) rain down on以上いじょうは given that ...這入はいって enter; go into簡便かんべんな simple; easy; convenient方法ほうほう method; means; approachよっがき bamboo lattice fenceえる cross over騒動そうどうすれば cause a disturbanceおこさなければならん has to get angryしからずんば otherwise; if notかぶと (war) helmetいで take off; set aside苦心くしん trouble; labor; effort禿げて来なければならん is bound to go bald