どちらかが彼女を殺した, reading notes
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どちらかが彼女を殺した~第4章~1

From page 169 to 178.

We are beginning chapter 4 and have almost reached the middle of the book! In this chapter, Yasumasa has returned to work but pursues his investigation. There are a lot of words I didn’t know, especially at the beginning…

  • 分離帯・ぶんりたい I have no idea how to say that in English… On a road, the two directions are sometimes separated by a concrete railing or parapet, that’s 分離帯.
  • ボネット car hood (from “bonnet”)
  • 紙屑・かみくず paper scraps, paper waste
  • ひしゃげる to be crushed, to be squashed
  • 破片・はへん fragment, broken piece

坂口 Sakaguchi is the junior colleague from Yasumasa, he already appeared during Sonoko’s funeral.

  • 実況見分・じっきょうけんぶん on-the-spot investigation
  • 格段・かくだん special, exceptional
  • 緩やかな・ゆるやかな gentle, easy, slow
  • 居眠り・いねむり dozing, nodding off (I had totally forgot this word…)
  • 鑑識・かんしき forensics, crime lab (hard to remember…)
  • 鑑定・かんてい judgement, expert opinion
  • 損傷・そんしょう damage, injury (a word easy to guess thanks to the kanji)
  • 微量・びりょう minuscule amount
  • 含有・がんゆう contain, include
  • 元素・げんそ chemical element
  • 杓子定規・しゃくしじょうぎ a hard and fast rule, stick fast to rules
  • 極端・きょくたん extreme
  • 非番・ひばん off duty
  • 処方・しょほう prescription
  • 面食らう・めんくらう to be confused, to be taken aback
  • 釈然・しゃくぜん fully satisfied
  • 拘る・こだわる to fuss over, to be particular about
  • 警戒・けいかい vigilance, precaution
  • 免れる・まぬかれる to escape from, to avoid
  • 却って・かえって on the contrary, all the more, instead, rather
  • 陥る・おちいる to fall, to trap

I found the beginning of this part rather difficult, as every descriptive passage.

Once again, Kaga does not appear here but he is nonetheless present, and the reader knows that he is investigating, too.

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