J314                                                    KOKORO

 

What srikes you about all these terms that Soseki uses? What is the nature of the language of this text?

 

Our modern outlook.                     Alone

 

It was in the midst of this confusion that I found Sensei.

 

Westerner.                                        Curiosity

 

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 melancholy man.

 

"You will no longer want to visit me."

 

"If I were the sort of person she thinks I am, I would not suffer so."

 

Silence.  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)

 自由と独立と己とに充ちた現代に生まれた我々は

其犠牲としてみんな此淋しみを味はわなくてはならないでしょう。

 

 

 Why do you think loneliness is the price we have to pay for living in this modern age?