Ravaging Times

December 12, 2013

chapter 406 (magazine syndication, not final)

Filed under: Ravages of Time — merc @ 6:46 pm

(in January 3, 2015, I read a post on the editor’s blog that got me wondering about the connotation of the metaphor used in this chapter. I wonder if the use of umbrella is a subtle commentary on the real life political tension between mainland China and Hong Kong. YMMV)

When the world is poised for unification with blessings from the vast and mighty emperor,
(not sure about second part)

and when the war is poised to end as Cao Cao states with conviction… How should the southeast respond?

[Han Dang]: The rain keeps pouring, Gong Jin. Should we stop this for a moment?

[Zhou Yu]: No.

chapter 406: Continue to Continue
(or “propagate”)

[ZY]: He knew it would rain today,

[ZY]: so it must be part of his plan.

{sfx: sha~ sha~}

{sfx: sha~}

[Sun Quan]: It’s raining,

[SQ]: but is it fair that only I have an umbrella?

{sfx: sha~}

[SQ]: In the same way,

[SQ]: are you all content to share the burden of war when I’m the cause?

[SQ]: Even as loyal servants of this clan, the thought must have crossed your minds…

[SQ]: A dandy, a good-for-nothing; why does he get to enjoy royalty?

[HD]: What nonsense is he blabbering about?

[SQ]: Yes, you must have thought of it.

[SQ]: Some of you might have even considered Cao Cao’s conditions.

[SQ]: Everything will be resolved as long as I surrender.
[SQ]: Glory to the one who eliminates me.

[SQ]: I’ve stood here for so long. Cold and hungry. What the hell am I doing?

[SQ]: I’ve lived for half my lifetime, but for what?

[SQ]: And why am I suddenly afraid to take out my umbrella?

[SQ]: So I’ve spoken your hearts. Now I’ll speak of mine.

[SQ]: The condition Cao Cao gave me was even richer than yours.

[SQ]: “A son should be like Sun Zhong Mou.” That’s his praise for me.
[SQ]: Once I surrender to his call, I may even be allowed to contribute to the court politics- fulfilling a dream of my late father that he couldn’t achieve.

[SQ]: Yet why am I still holding on to the southeast and continue my role as a rebel…

[SQ]: and fabricate different excuses to survive.

[SQ]: Despite the thousands we’ve killed, I must call ourselves the righteous army.

[SQ]: With no regard for the Emperor, but instead claim we’re loyal to the people.

[SQ]: View all living things with contempt- only tools for the power struggle.

[SQ]: The indulgence for power exists when one man chooses to do nothing.
(not sure)

[SQ]: The endless lies are the result of countless holes in one’s argument.

[SQ]: He looks unfettered, but he’s been scheming.
(“he doesn’t seem to be bothered, but he has been making thorough calculations…”)

[SQ]: It was all for just one thing in the end.

[SQ]: That thing is more important than anything else in this day and age.

[SQ]: It is power- my name sake. Sun clan’s power.
(wordplay on his name, same as “power”)

[SQ]: The name my father planted.

[?]: My Lord, stop undervaluing yourself.

[?]: Is that fair to those who have died? That it was all in vain?
(not sure)

[SQ]: Why do you cover up for me, people?

{sfx: ta}

[SQ]: Let me be more frank.
(“one step closer…”)

[SQ]: From Han’s licentious Emperor Ling to today’s powerless Son of Heaven, are you still looking forward to something?

[SQ]: From the rebelling Yellow Turbans to the territorial warlords- is our country still in one piece?

[SQ]: From Cao Cao taking the emperor hostage to the lords paying him no heed- could the world still be at peace?
(“…lords each to their own manage political affairs…”)

[SQ]: From the sagely odes to virtues to the corruption of humanity- is there still a Truth?

[SQ]: From the sages sacrificing themselves for the righteous way, to differing opinions everywhere. Does Heaven still maintain its principle?

[SQ]: I’ll tell you this- history merely repeats itself!

[SQ]: Whatever discontent you feel, or your wish to change the world- all futile!

[SQ]: Because without change to the root, it will grow the same fruit!
(“because, unable to change root, whatever grows from it, still that thing”)

[SQ]: The rest of the world can do it, but I cannot!
(vague! interpret at will)

The rain will keep pouring, and there will always be people without an umbrella…
(“…unable to use an umbrella”, the metaphor could mean that they don’t have one or cannot take it out to use it)

The rain is still the rain; the people still the people.

The world is still the same…

People keep doing certain things in this day and age.

They all knew in their hearts, even if no one dared to speak of it.

From Sun Jian, hiding the Imperial Seal for the sake of the country, to Sun Ce, engulfing the southeast and commanding former vassals of the Imperial court. And now Sun Quan refusing the court’s call to surrender. What is this?

It’s the truth.

Their “king” spoke the words that they have longed to hear.

Every utterance echoed the wish that the people of this land could only dream of for thousands of years!

All men can become like Yao and Shun.
(a quote from Meng-zi)

It is the most noble way for living souls with dignity.

It is the greatest warning to those in power.

It is the best motivator to supporters.

Profaning, but satisfying.
(wordplay lost in translation)


Those who lived with false values,

those sheep that lost their way,

those beasts who forgot their humanity…

and… those slaves who believed that they owe everything to the Heavens.
(“…those who always thought everything was heaven-bestowed…”)

They have long forgotten that they owe it all to themselves.
(“…everything came from their own struggles”)

Some are as significant as Mount Tai, or as insignificant as a goose feather.

Some are spectacular yet gloomy.

Others, ever eventful.

Some are idealists.

Some are realists.

Some are spectators.

The Heavens…
always watching, but never one to give answers.

Because one after the other, whoever claims to speak on its behalf tends to be an opportunist.

Loyalty is only a method-
with false words the men of letter can send the ignorant to their deaths.
(slightly distorted)

It is a despicable method by a Lord to protect his own interest.

Ignorance is not a crime, nor is it fated.

Heaven knows that men are ignorant and does not expect them to learn from their follies immediately.

But there is the expectation for mankind to improve over each generation.

The concept of Continuation is profound.
(“procreation” is too literal, “propagation” doesn’t always work in the text, but here “continuation” is just confusing/absurd, sorry)
But at last, I understand.


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