Life Is Very Difficult

May honest folk proper.

But be brave

"At some periods of our life one trouble is hardly over before another turns up." This is an example sentence to be learned in the book below. This expresses exactly how I feel now. My father died last December, leaving his family a great deal of work to do on behalf of him. The work was almost done. But another trouble turns up. My aunt died. Shocked is my mother, who lost her husband and her sister in succession. I, as one of her children, feel I must take care of her. So I have been getting ready to get back to her ever since I received the news of her sister's death. But, just as I was about to leave my house, another piece of news came: my girlfriend, who had been overworking herself lately, got scolded so severely by her boss that it seems she needs my help. So I decided not to leave my room for now so that I can answer if she gives me a call. I want you to know that, on top of all these things, I have a part-time job to do and a dissertation to write. Yes. Things are demanding beyond description.
 When things are hopeless, it is often encouraging to remember someone or some character in a novel who lived through the hardship just like yours. "Must feel like the whole world's collapsed around your years." This is what a character of a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans, says to the main character, Christopher Banks, who has just had his parents abducted although he is only a boy. He goes on to say, "... be brave." For some reasons I cannot explain, I thought of this line at the moment when I received the news from my girlfriend and came near panicking. The remembrance helped me recover my wits.

Be brave. Then, finish writing this article at once. You have more urgent things to do.

 

和文英訳の修業

和文英訳の修業

 

 

When We Were Orphans

When We Were Orphans