What srikes you about all these terms that Soseki uses? What is the nature of the language of this text?
Our modern outlook.
It was in the midst of this confusion that I found
Overcome with the desire to follow him.
An irrepressible desire to become close to Sensei.
Unsociable, aloof, always alone
No ties of any kind to people there
I's disappointment, his self-confidence shaken
"I would perhaps find in him the things that I
looked for." (8)
"But now, when Sensei is dead, I am beginning to understand." (8)
Warning: he despised himself, refused to accept intimacy of others
Wife, a beautiful lady, quiet (Shizu); no children
Trips to the cemetery-- have you thought about the
reality of death?
"A friend of mine is buried there"
He was quiet, lonely yet "I" desired to get
close to Sensei
Peaceful but a shadow crosses his face--annoyance?
Dislike? Fear? Anxiety?
Behavior was strange. A lonely man. A
"You will no longer want to visit me."
"If I were the sort of person she thinks I am, I
would not suffer so."
Facial expression of despair, regret, relief?
There is guilt in loving. Also something sacred
I distrust the whole of humanity. I don't even trust myself
"You see, loneliness is the price we have to pay
for being born in this modern age, so full of freedom, independence, and our
own egotistical selves." (30)
Why do you think loneliness is the price we have to pay for living in this modern age?