Intermediate Japanese Language Learning with Dazai Osamu
Complimentary Japanese Reading Lessons From Maplopo Schoolhouse
Season ONE—水仙 (Page Twelve)
Read the full EP12 transcript, Summary: Paragraph THREE & FOUR | Intermediate and Advanced Japanese
[Maplopo Schoolhouse Intro Music Playing]
After overhearing this gossiping, the lord’s conduct changes completely. Because he’s desperate to get to the truth of things and he loses his mind.
So, he challenges his retainers to actual sword fights. But even in these true sword fights the retainers fail to grant the lord his wish. Without satisfaction, the lord continues to win… and, the retainers are felled by his sword. The lord goes violently mad… and, becomes a dreadful tyrant.
In the end, he’s dispossessed by the family and confined in place.
And here in this very short paragraph, Dazai comes back into the story and he says:
“I remember the story line being something along the lines of that, I believe…
and I couldn’t get him out of my mind. And sometimes I’d recall the lord and would sigh.”
[Maplopo Schoolhouse Outro Music Playing]