[sumo] [spoilers]Asashoryu's open armed and beloved return.
jejima at gmail.com
Sat Dec 8 23:20:32 EST 2007
On 09/12/2007, Scott M. Kahn <smk1 at columbia.edu> wrote:
> > No and no. In case YOU forgot, he returned 5 days later and
> > half-apologized to Kitanoumi.
> > He was asked to return at once, and didn't.
> Then it is one's opinion on how valid his original apology was,
> relative to the infraction. To me, his original apology sufficed.
> To you, Asashoryu fell way short.
To be honest, I don't think the apology was given to you, so it is not
(I'm afraid to say) up to you whether it sufficed or not.
Clearly to the person/people is was given to, it did not.
In an alternate universe...
Star Schoolboy A skives school because he is feeling poorly (he even
has a doctor's note) and asks if he can go to Magic Land to refresh
himself. The headmaster (or principal) says 'okay' despite the fact
that said star schoolboy is due to perform in a poetry recitation, to
which they have invited all the parents of prospective students.
Star Schoolboy A has a whale of a time in the Magic Land (where he is
a hero), and is seen in a photo in a newspaper giving piggy-backs to
refugee orphans (at the bequest of the King of Magic Land himself!).
Meanwhile, very few parents turn up to the poetry recital due to Star
Schoolboy's non-appearance, which means fewer new students and so less
cash for the school.
The headmaster is miffed, and talks to the Star Schoolboy's Class
Teacher. They feel (rightly or wrongly) duped and very annoyed. The
class-teacher heads over to Magic Land to talk with the Star
schoolboy. The Star schoolboy can't see what he has done wrong. He
really was/is poorly and had only given rides to the refugee orphans,
because a) they were refugees, b) they were orphans and c) the King of
Magic Land had personally requested it.
Star Schoolboy is 'forced' to return to school, where he makes an
apology. Some think that the apology was honest, but the headmaster
(and the Parents-Teachers Union) consider it sulky, and not genuine.
They decide to suspend the Star Schoolboy for a couple of months to
let him consider the error of his ways. Some considered this to be a
draconian punishment - but the school is private and can do what it
Star Schoolboy is very annoyed and longs for Magic Land - so much so,
that he becomes sick with longing, and so gets another sicknote to
return there. But this time, he won't be carrying any refugee
orphans, no matter how much the King of Magic Land begs him.
After a few months back in Magic Land, he realises that he can only be
the Star Schoolboy of the school if he is at the school. He realises
that the school has had many star schoolboys in the past, and will
have many star schoolboys in the future. He realises that he needs
the school more than they need him.
So, he returns to school, and apologises in a way that makes everyone
(mostly) happy. He is so eager to please that he insists on giving
private poetry recitals to all, despite the doctor insisting that as
he should rest his voice because he has severe laryngitis. But the
headmaster and staff of the school see that it is his way of showing
that he has learnt his lesson. He may not have agreed with their
original views and punishment to his behaviour, but he accepts that it
is their school, and he wants to be part of it. He therefore buckles
down and becomes a Super-Star Schoolboy to the benefit of all.
And everyone lived happily ever after... ...except for some who
insisted that the Star Schoolboy should have ignored his headmaster,
his class-teacher, the PTU and his fellow classmates, and continued to
do his own thing, because....
(....actually I have no idea what follows that 'because' ;-) )
Hopefully I have not offended anyone. Any resemblance to any people
or places that are real or fictional, was purely accidental.
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