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Intermediate Japanese Language Learning with Dazai Osamu

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Season ONE—水仙 (Page Twelve)


EP12. Summary: Paragraph THREE & FOUR, Dazai Osamu (太宰治), Daffodil (水仙)

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[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]

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