Artist of the Floating World Chapter Summaries

Artist of the Floating World Chapter Summaries - Chapter1

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Chapter 1 Mr. Masuji Ono, a highly distinguished and humble artist, talks about his experiences  with the people around him and describes the damage on buildings and people left by  the war. Even his great home was damaged. - Nominal- of, relating to, or constituting a name There was a nominal fee for the naming service. - Enquiries- a request for information He made many enquiries on the subject. - Instigated- to goad or urge forward That person there instigated the fight. - Conducive- tending to promote or assist That method is not conducive to correct learning. - surmise- a thought or idea based on scanty evidence With just this, we are able to surmise what the truth is.  “They were like pyres at some abandoned  funeral.” I like this simile because it really depicts the ruin that the city laid after the war. Chapter 2 Mr. Ono makes several attempts to connect with his grandson, Ichiro, by asking Ichiro  to draw and go see a movie with him, but fails because Ichiro is somewhat  unresponsive. - incidental- occuring merely by chance The incidental fire was caused by no one. - digress- to turn aside from the main subject of attention I must digress from this subject for now. - inhibit- to hold in check, restrain I will inhibit you form going to see the play. - gallop- to run fast The horse galloped through the field. - emerge- to come out into view They emerged from the entrance of the cavern.  
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“And then there emerged, looming above the city, a huge lizard-like creature up on its  hind legs.” This drawing that Ichiro drew as a copy of the poster that he saw reminds me of the  atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Chapter 3 Ichiro goes with Noriko to the deer park, but Setsuko decides to stay at home with her  father. - Disgruntled: displeased and discontented; sulky; peevish The disgruntled man was unsatisfied with his job - Nuisance: an obnoxious or annoying person, thing, condition, practice, etc. My annoying little brother is such a nuisance - Regrettable: causing or deserving regret; unfortunate; deplorable It is regrettable that you were unable to succeed in your endeavors - Gloomy: dark or dim; deeply shaded The gloomy cavern admitted no sunlight - Cozy: snugly warm and comfortable The cozy bed was nice and warm “We can’t have the women ruling over us, can we?” I think this shows how unresponsive Ichiro is even though his father puts on a joking  tone with him when he doesn’t  respond to this. Chapter 4
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Artist of the Floating World Chapter Summaries - Chapter1

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