1910 - The Gate - Natsume Soseki

timidity of adult life

Sosuke responded only with an "Oh, my!" here and an "Is-that-so?” there


As the leaves luxuriated in the autumn sunlight they drooped down heavily in silent clusters, not a single one stirring [6]

sometimes, as soon as they had gotten up, they excitedly counted the number of blossoms that had opened that day [83]

over the next hour, splashing light across the land, the sun rose boldly, unchallenged, into a blue sky [112]

city life

He was driven to the conclusion that while living in Tokyo he had never in fact seen Tokyo [10]

they dwelled in the city as though living deep in the mountains [132]

gazing down from some eminence at the congeries of the roof tiles stretching out for miles in all directions under the blazing sun…each and every detail of this dizzying panorama assailed his senses with a force that drummed into his head the word, “Mag-nif-i-cent!"' [137]

social isolation

constrained to walk in lockstep...they abandoned their parents…such was the path shared by Sosuke and Oyone [150]

Under the sun the couple presented smiles to the world; under the moon they were lost in thought [151]

He was someone destined neither to pass through the gate nor to be satisfied with never having passed through it. He was on of those unfortunate souls fated to stand in the gate’s shadow, frozen in his tracks, until the day was done [203]

stray thoughts