I am a Cat (Chapter 8 b) Section 258 Study Guide

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こうなってはいかに消極的しょうきょくてきなる主人しゅじんといえども応戦おうせんしなければならん。さっき座敷ざしきのうちから倫理りんり講義こうぎをきいてにやにやしていた主人は奮然ふんぜんとしてがった猛然もうぜんとしてした驀然ばくぜんとしててき一人ひとり生捕いけどった。主人にしては大出来おおできである。大出来には相違そういないが、十四五じゅうしご小供こどもである。ひげえている主人の敵としてすこ不似合ふにあいだ。けれども主人はこれで沢山たくさんだとおもったのだろう。のを無理むりって椽側えんがわまえまでれて。ここにちょっと敵の策略さくりゃくについて一言いちげんする必要ひつようがある、敵は主人が昨日きのう権幕けんまくを見てこの様子ようすでは今日きょうかなら自身じしん出馬しゅつばするに相違ないとさっした。そのとき万一まんいちそんじて大僧おおぞうがつらまってはこと面倒めんどうになる。ここは一年生いちねんせい二年生にねんせいくらいな小供をたまひろにやって危険きけんけるしたことはない。よし主人が小供をつらまえて愚図愚図ぐずぐず理窟りくつまわしたって落雲館らくうんかん名誉めいようには関係かんけいしない、こんなものを大人気おとなげもなく相手あいてにする主人の恥辱ちじょくになるばかりだ。敵のかんがえはこうであった。これが普通ふつう人間にんげんの考で至極しごくもっともなところである。ただ敵は相手が普通の人間でないこと勘定かんじょうのうちにれるのをわすれたばかりである。主人にこれくらいの常識じょうしきがあれば昨日きのうだってはしない。逆上ぎゃくじょうは普通の人間を、普通の人間の程度ていど以上いじょうるしげて、常識のあるものに、非常識ひじょうしきあたえるものである。おんなだの、小供だの、車引くるまひだの、馬子まごだのと、そんな見境みさかのあるうちは、まだ逆上をもっひとほこらん。主人のごとく相手にならぬ中学ちゅうがく一年生を生捕って戦争せんそう人質ひとじちとするほどの了見りょうけんでなくては逆上家ぎゃくじょうか仲間なかま出来できないのである。可哀かわいそうなのは捕虜ほりょである。たん上級生じょうきゅうせい命令めいれいによって玉拾いなる雑兵ぞうひょうやくつとめたるところ、うんわるく非常識の敵将てきしょう、逆上の天才てんさいめられてかきえるもあらばこそ、庭前ていぜんえられた。こうなると敵軍てきぐん安閑あんかん味方みかたの恥辱を見ているわけかない

Rough translation

At this point, the master has no choice but to shake off his usual torpor and rush to retaliate. The same master who, reposing on his living room floor, had listened contently to the lecture on ethics, is on his feet in a flash. With flaming eyes he hurries out, and before one knows it he's clutched his prey. He congratulates himself on a job well done. Congratulations may be in order, but his prey, it seems, is a young lad of no more than fifteen. For the master, a mature man sporting whiskers, it's hardly a worthy foe. Be that as it may, though, the master has what he wants. The pleading lad accompanies the master, under compulsion, back to the veranda. A word here on the enemy's tactics is in order. Having witnessed the master's outrage the day prior, they fully expected his hands-on response today. In such case, should one of the older boys fail to escape, there'd surely be consequences. The best course of action, to mitigate such risk, was to send the younger first and second year students in after the ball. Let a youth be detained and berated at length. The repute of Rakuunkan would in no way suffer. On the contrary, the master would be called to question for ill-treating a child. So the enemy reckoned. And this reckoning, where most men are concerned, was perfectly sound. What they neglected to account for, however, was the eccentricity of their present adversary. Had the master been a man of better sense, he'd have excercised restraint the day prior. A man with a burning head is free from the bonds of normalcy and common sense. A man who discriminates, be it between women, children, rickshaw pullers, or packhorse drivers, is no hothead of boastworthy proportion. To number among the great hotheads, one must, like the master, have no qualms about waging war with first-year students and taking one of said students captive. The unfortunate victim of all this was the captive himself. For simply performing his duty, acting on instruction from his upperclassmen to go and retrieve a ball, and for failing to clear the fence in time, he'd haplessly ended up in the clutches of a madman, a hothead of epic proportion, and here he languished, coerced to sit in the madman's garden. The enemy camp, at this point, was not about to turn a blind eye to the indignity visited upon their comrade.

Vocabulary

消極的しょうきょくてきなる (is) passive; listless; languid主人しゅじん master応戦おうせんしなければならん has to fight back; can't but retaliate座敷ざしき living room; parlor倫理りんり ethics; morals講義こうぎ lecture; discourse奮然ふんぜんとして with determined resolutionがった rose up; got to one's feet猛然もうぜんとして like a man possessedした went running out驀然ばくぜんとして flying headlongてき adversaries; enemies; foes一人ひとり one person; individual生捕いけどった took prisoner大出来おおでき well-done; great successには相違そういない is without doubt ...る look; see; observe十四五じゅうしご 14 or 15 (years of age)小供こども child (usually 子供こども)ひげ beard; whiskersえている is growing; is sporting (whiskers)すこし a little; a bit不似合ふにあい ill-matched沢山たくさん sufficient; adequateおもった thought; considered (to be)る apologize; plead無理むりに by forceって pull; drag椽側えんがわ verandaまえ front ofれてた led; brought策略さくりゃく scheme; stratagem; tactics一言いちげんする say a word (on)必要ひつよう necessity; need昨日きのう yesterday; the day prior権幕けんまく threatening attitude; menacing look様子ようす situation; state of affairs今日きょう today; this dayかならず invariably; without fail自身じしん oneself; himself出馬しゅつばする appear in person; get directly involvedさっした sensed; presumed; guessedとき time; occasion万一まんいち if by some chance; in the unlikely eventそんじて fail to make one's escape大僧おおぞう older boyこと things; affairs面倒めんどう trouble; bother; burden一年生いちねんせい first-year student二年生にねんせい second-year studentたまひろい ball fetching; ball retrieval危険きけん danger; riskける avoidしたことはない it's best to ...愚図愚図ぐずぐず grumbling; complaining理窟りくつ arguments; quibblesまわしたって work in; repeat ad nauseam落雲館らくうんかん Rakuunkan (name of a private middle school)名誉めいよう honor; prestige関係かんけいしない have no impact (on)大人気おとなげ adultness; maturity相手あいて other party恥辱ちじょく disgrace; shameかんがえ thoughts; ideas; notions普通ふつうの ordinary; common; usual; average人間にんげん human being; person至極しごく extremely; exceedingly; mostこと the fact that ...勘定かんじょう calculation; reckoningれる include; comprehendわすれた forgot; neglected常識じょうしき common sense; good sense昨日きのう yesterday; the day priorし flying out; running out逆上ぎゃくじょう hotheadedness程度ていど degree; extent以上いじょうに more than; over and aboveるしげて hoist up; elevate非常識ひじょうしき lack of common sense; irrationalityあたえる give to; impart toもの thingおんな woman車引くるまひき rickshaw puller; rickshawman馬子まご packhorse driver見境みさかい distinction; discrimination; discernmentもって with; by means ofひと a person; anotherほこる boast of; take pride inらん be insufficient; be lacking中学ちゅうがく middle school戦争せんそう war; warfare人質ひとじち hostage了見りょうけん ideas; thoughts; notions逆上家ぎゃくじょうか hothead仲間なかまり joining a group; joining like company出来できない can't do可哀かわいそうな poor; pitiable; unfortunate捕虜ほりょ prisoner (of war)たんに simply; merely上級生じょうきゅうせい upperclassmen命令めいれい orders; instructions雑兵ぞうひょう common soldier; rank and file; underlingやく duty; roleつとめたる serve as; serve inうんわるく unluckily; haplessly敵将てきしょう enemy general天才てんさい mastermind; virtuosoめられて be chased down; be corneredかき fence; hedgeえる cross over; pass beyond time; moment庭前ていぜん gardenえられた was forced to take a seat敵軍てきぐん enemy forces; enemy camp安閑あんかんと in idleness; with folded arms味方みかた friend; allyわけかない can't very well ...