After a sprint like that, I’d also need a little bit of a break, other commitments not withstanding. If there’s just no time, that’s just how it is!
In that light, having a bit of a break for S&M is probably really going to be good for at least my long term motivation.
Yeah, exactly. But that is how people who were different were treated in large parts of the world, and still isn’t really overcome today. I like to think people wouldn’t automatically (possibly spoilers for some chapter 2 remarks on this topic? I don’t remember when this was mentioned)ascribe particularly gruesome acts of violence/creepy behaviour to them anymore, at least…
Your guess is as good as mine! I also think both are probably dead (I don’t think our resident shoddy mystery writer’s guess that 蜂屋 is just faking his クル for… fame? infamy? is correct. But what do I even know.
Everything is so convoluted and I’m loving it.
Two things that stood out to me this chapter:
Early on, the night 寅太 spends on the couch in 直記’s room before the body is discovered. In the morning, after having fallen asleep, our narrator muses how 直記 wasn’t able to leave the room while he was sleeping in front of the door. It might be true, but that raised a bunch of red flags for me and made me super aware of 直記 as a possible culprit/involved person. There’s a pretty big window, it might not be impossible to use that to get in and out.
Then a little bit later, our narrator remarks how similar drunk 鉄之進 and drunk 直記 are. Maybe that just struck me as odd because the one above made me hyperaware, but man does 寅太 describe 直記 as not a good person a lot.
Also, 直記 thinks 八千代 is 鉄之進’s daughter partly because they share their sleepwalking tendencies. 直記 is also his kid - who’s to say he doesn’t also sleepwalk? Say, out of his open window while our narrator is sleeping, for example?
Anyway, the more we learn, the more 八千代 seems like merely a puppet/not voluntarily part of the plot to me. I wonder if that’s our narrator’s bias, something we’re merely supposed to think, or truth.
I also had a moment when I read that. Really, that’s what you went with?
But next week we meet 金田一! I wonder how he’ll react to yet another mystery writer, and whether he’ll compare him to the one he knows?