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Diary Entry 1982-1:The New Accommodation

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#The New Accommodation

The new place I moved to was a warm loft room. My new landlords were a man prone to illness, his wife who had a heavy case of lumbago and their daughter Sandra. On the underground floor there were a bathroom and a toilet, and the whole second floor was leased out to a young married couple. On the third floor there were two rooms. On the east side was Sandra’s room, and the room facing the west side street was my room.
It was very easy for me to attend the high school English language classes from here.

Unlike Japan where we use gas, every cooking stove I saw in Canada was electric. I don’t know where they generate electric power, but it seems they have abundant supply from Niagara.

Three days after moving in I was making curry in the kitchen, planning to take it to a friend of mine who got sick. I didn’t know well the difference between the strongest and the weakest heat, so I put the pot on the weakest and sat there reading a book. When I noticed I had chosen a wrong heat level and was about to fix it, the landlady entered the kitchen.
“What on earth are you doing? You’ve been in the kitchen for too long!”
“I chose a wrong heat level for curry. I want to take some to a friend of mine who is sick.”
“Don’t use my electricity for your friends. Make food at their place.”

I never trusted the landlady after this incident, nor did I ever let my guard down around her. She came to like me afterwards, finding me to be “a nice and smart person”. She told me I could marry her middle-aged son, but I refused.

My landlady utterly detested her husband. I guess it was because she had had no control over her life, marrying a man who was poor and giving birth to as many as 7 children.

“Men are always out, having fun. They don’t care that the wife suffers because she doesn’t have enough money for the house.
Wife’s needs are ignored and she is just trampled on,” she would spit out angrily. She spoke English with a strong Chinese accent. Sandra criticised her parents’ behaviour in front of me, a person who just recently came to live in their house, “They could at least pretend to be in good relations in front of other people!”

I could see that the relationship between people in this family was complicated. The atmosphere in the house was somehow gloomy and oppressive.


Translated by Saiko



Japanese version of this page・後追い日記82年1・新しい下宿


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