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Natsume Souseki & Futabatei Shimei

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Before Battle

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Futabatei-kun - actually, I suppose you wouldn't mind if I called you Hasegawa-kun, right?
To be in your presence once again... Well, nobody knows the future.

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Of course! Natsume-san, I haven't seen you since I departed.
I caused you much trouble at that time.

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Oh no, actually I personally had wanted to talk with you more before you crossed the sea. However it ended up that way...
Hasegawa-kun, I was extremely disappointed that you never came back.

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Da, we were even working in the same location, I wish we had talked more. *
Da is "yes" in Russian.

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Fufu, thanks for saying so.
Hasegawa-kun, you're different from before - brighter, I would say. When I first met you...
Do you remember what you said when I approached you?

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Nyet, I don't quite remember. But might I have said something rude to you? *
Nyet is "no" in Russian.

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You said, "I don't take visitors when I'm in a foul temper."
I was wondering what on earth was the matter, but it seemed you really were in a foul temper!
That really put me off, fufu.

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Da, I remember now, I really did say something like that.
Natsume-san, you must have been hurt.

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Oh no, actually at that time, I also had a sign put up refusing visitors when I was in a bad mood.
Even though it was for when I was in a bad mood from writing...

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Hahaha, well now I'd be glad to entertain you anytime. Please tell me about other countries' literature again.


Natsume Souseki & Matsuoka Yuzuru

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Before Battle

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Matsuoka-kun… I really must apologize to you.

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What are you talking about, Sensei?

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It seems like your family suffered quite a bit.

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Sensei, please don’t say such things.
It was something I did because I chose to do so.
I’ve never once felt that I needed an apology from you before.

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I had a feeling that you would say something like that.
...Still, I won’t let this matter be resolved with just that. Is there anything that you’d like?

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I’m truly happy for your consideration, but...
I’ve a table equipped with a pen and paper, as well as a comfortable cushion to sit on.
I’m fully contented with just that.

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Hmh... That unselfishness of yours—I suppose it's both a good and bad thing.

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In that case, shall I write something like a haiku for you?
I know you've always appreciated my calligraphy, and I've heard you've even appraised some in the past.
I wonder, what new works will we have the pleasure of meeting?

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Then, may I please request a handwritten piece from you, Souseki-sensei?

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As long you’re fine with it.

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I’m truly looking forward to it.
A handwritten piece of poetry from my teacher that I’ve never seen... I can't wait.

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Fufu. I am glad to see that you’re pleased. I'll tackle it with gusto and start right away.

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Thank you very much. I'll fetch the inkstone and stick immediately.


Natsume Souseki & Kume Masao

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Before Battle

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...Natsume-sensei, I'll be taking my leave now.
I'm grateful you've spared time for someone like me.

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None of this "someone like me" business. You always use that phrase, but it doesn't sit well with me.
Self-deprecation will just make regular people perplexed about how to respond to you.

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...Yes, my apologies. I'll be more careful.

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Not that. It is but my concern for you.
If you go on like this, you would truly end up wasting your own talent.

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...Sensei, please tell me. How should I recover my self-esteem he has wounded?

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...Didn't I once tell you two? That move forward a little at a time, easy like an ox...
You surely have the strength to do that much. *
From his correspondence to both Akutagawa and Kume, Natsume once wrote, "It's important to press forward swiftly like an ox".

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Are you telling me to move on?

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Now should be the time. Both he and I are here after all.

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...Thank you so much, Sensei.


Natsume Souseki & Uchida Hyakken

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Natsume Souseki & Takahama Kyoshi

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Trigger Condition

Before Battle

Conversation
 

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Souseki-san, I must offer you my thanks.

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Ah, it's you, Kyoshi-kun. What's with this, all over again?

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I got obsessed with the charm of novels after reading your writings.
In the end, I did choose poetry... but the experience of writing novels then has become inspiration for my poetry.

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I see... Then I'd better give my thanks to you, too. I really admired you.

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Ah, you admired me...?

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The way you and Masaoka devoted yourself to one thing and created.
That's why I can't thank you enough for paving that path.

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Souseki-san... It seems we had a greater influence on each other than we could have realized.

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So it seems. When I think about it now, meeting you must surely have been what they call "fate".
You recommending me to get into novels, and you thoroughly editing my "Cat" was, too.

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That's because I was pompously lecturing the future great authors about novels.
Now when I think about it, I think that was terribly rude of me.

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No no, what are you even saying, my boy.
That part surely was too wordy, so it was appropriate to revise it. If editing is something you don't dislike, I would want you to do that again for me.

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*Chuckle* Roger that. If you're okay with me doing that, then it's fine with me.

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Thank you.


Natsume Souseki, Mori Ougai & Masaoka Shiki

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Trigger Condition

Before Battle

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Oo, what an unusual mix of people.

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Generally, people call us the Leisure school, or the Parnassian school, but...

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It's not like we were necessarily trying to accomplish something together.

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Well you're right, however...
I just never even imagined that I'd see Masaoka and Mori-san next to each other.

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Yeah, you never know what life has in store. I believed I lived without regrets in my past life, but...

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But we never thought that we'd get a second life, and it would be like this...
I'm still surprised, myself.

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I want this strife to be over as quickly as possible so I can just write novels.
I feel like I'd be able to write much better stuff now.

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By all means, please do so, Souseki-dono.
I'm still looking forward to reading more of your novels.

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Hehe, I wanna write haikus and sketch stories to my heart's content.
I want to play baseball, too...

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Fufu, makes you dream, does it not?


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