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『The Remains of the Day』(1989)
/ Kazuo Ishiguro
(Faber and Faber Limited)
As you say, it is too late to turn back the clock...
We must each of us, as you point out, be grateful for
what we do have. And from what you tell me, Mrs. Ben,
you have reason to be contented. In fact I would venture,
what with Mr. Benn retiring, and with grandchildren
on the way, that you and Mr. Benn have some extremely
happy years before you. You really mustn't let any more
foolish ideas come between yourself and the happiness
Don't keep looking back all the time, you're bound
to get depressed. And all right, you can't do your job
as well as you used to. But it's the same for all of us,
see? We've all got to put our feet up at some point.
Look at me. Been happy as a lark since the day I retired.
All right, so neither of us are exactly in our first
flush of youth, but you've got to keep looking forward.
You've got to enjoy yourself. The evening's the best
part of the day. You’ve done your day's work.
Now you can put your feet up and enjoy it.
Perhaps it is indeed time. I began to look at this
whole matter of bantering more enthusiastically.
After al, when one thinks about it, it is not such a
foolish thing to indulge in - particularly if it is
the case that in bantering lies the key to human warmth.
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