Please, if I may ask some questions…
(Very near the start of this week’s reading)
I’m not sure what きつめ means here… jisho says きつ目 means a little tight or a little harsh, but I have no idea what a “tight make-up” or “harsh make-up” actually means. Google images shows up a variety of make-up styles for those two words but nothing I could find a pattern on…
I can’t seem to figure out what that ける is doing there, or what does it mean…
Jisho says that 生きた means “live, living”. Does this mean “Definitely, it is better to have a proper living” ? Somehow I expected something like 生き方 instead.
So, if I understand correctly, this is a list of things 店長 said (while looking actually happy), related to 恵子 quitting. I don’t understand the 次を紹介して part though… does this mean that 店長 hoped 恵子 would recommend someone to work at the store to replace her before she went away?
I still struggle with the わけではない, わけじゃない, わけがない structures, but if I understand correctly, 白羽さん is saying that even though he hated looking through job offerings, given that it is not the case that he will be the one working, he actually finds it really interesting? In other words, he’s looking for a job for 恵子?
General Plot Question
I feel bad for asking this, but somehow I feel that I missed a page or completely misunderstood something.
Why did 恵子 quit her job at the conbini?
For all I understood it seemed very clear to me that she felt the conbini was the only place she felt like a “normal” person, and where she found any glimpse of actual satisfaction; I find it really hard to believe she could be talked into quitting.
Clearly 恵子 sees 白羽 as a tool for the sake of looking normal; I doubt he could convince her to quit her job; she also didn’t seem to care much about what his sister-in-law said, nor do I see why she’d listen to her instead.
Even considering 白羽’s debt, I doubt she’d agree carrying that burden for him; everything 白羽 said to his sister-in-law seemed like the usual lies just to get her off his case, and it seemed to me that 恵子 saw it in a similar light.
Any help is appreciated!
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