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Rene's Diary Translations by tsurara_mai

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 07/27/05

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               + Rene's Diary Translations ver 1.0 +
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Begun: 7/4/05
Last Update: 7/28/05
Currently: 100% complete

This file contains fan-translations of Rene Curtis' diary from 
www.shadowhearts.net.  The diary was used by ARUZE to promote 
"Shadow Hearts: From the New World" in the month leading to Japanese 
release.  Set up as the fictional diary of Johnny Garland's butler, 
Rene Curtis (who also appears in Covenant) the entries served as an 
extended, serialized teaser for the game.  

All translations are my own property and are not to be reproduced
without permission.  Nor should they be considered 100% accurate, I am
a Japanese-language major but no native-speaker. 

I can be contacted about this file at nyaaminator82(a-t)yahoo(d-o-t)co
(d-o-t)jp

Due to the inclusion of translations, this FAQ may contain very
minor spoilers... consider yourself warned.  

NOTES:

- All dates are represented by symbols in both the original file and
here.  There's no special meaning to the symbols, they're just a way
of representing a generic fictional date on the top of each entry.
- Rene calls Johnny "Botchama" (translated here as "Young Master")
-"The Master" refers to Johnny's father
- Most of the diary takes place chronologically before the game begins,
but around entry 7, catches up with the game timeline.

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+ Entry 1 +

"O Month X Day

It's been one month since the establishment of the Garland
Detective Agency. Since I've finally settled in a bit, I think I
might as well try to keep a diary from today onward.

But what a busy couple of months it's been! So many things have
popped up, what with Young Master suddenly saying, "I'm going to
be a detective!" and all... From preparing an office to
advertising around the neighborhood I've been stuck doing it all
by myself. When the Young Master is away, I also have to see to
the Master's business and set things up so that it doesn't run
into the ground...

oh my, it seems I've started complaining. Anyway, to tell the
truth, every day I hope that the Young Master comes closer to 
nheriting the Master's business himself but... I'll keep up 
appearances for him a bit in the meantime.

Besides, this is something that stimulates the Young Master's
interest. And I also want to help him as much as I can since 
it's been so long."


+ Entry 2 +

"[ ] Month /_\ Day

Well, it seems we've started to get a bunch of requests for jobs
at the agency. It's a good thing but... I think the Young Master
is getting a chip on his shoulder.

Either way, he's a bit disappointed at the small scale of jobs...
things like cleaning chimneys, lost kids, lost cats... of course
it's very important to gain the reliance of everyone in the area
but it's hard to explain this to the Young Master at his age.

hmm, when I try to think of it that way, I suppose this Detective 
business isn't quite as glamorous an experience as the Young 
Master expected. Still, I think there's probably no harm in trying
it all a bit longer...

Tomorrow on the Young Master's schedule is a... "Find Out Why My 
Wife Leaves the House Late at Night" investigation. ...hrmph, it's
better if he doesn't find out more than necesary."


+ Entry 3 +

"/_\ Month <> Day

Today something happened to make me a bit sad.

Today I went shopping for supplies and it happened on my way back
through Times Square. I couldn't see well because of the bags and 
I bumped into a little girl. I raised my arms in confusion but,
when the little girl saw my face she started to cry in a loud
voice!

Try as I might to calm her, the crying only grew louder and a 
crowd gathered around us. I began to hear voices saying things 
like, "Should we call the police?" ... Listening to this 
conversation made me feel terrible and I retreated to the office 
right away.

Things like this have happened since I was young but recently I
had hoped for better... *sigh*
I worry that perhaps this time this may affect my image in the 
neighborhood..."


+ Entry 4 +

"<> Month *music note* Day

No requests at the agency as usual and the Young Master is dying 
of boredom. 

Me, on the other hand... I wasn't bored at all today! What I had 
longed for before happened, and some ladies have given me the honor
of being included in some backstairs gossip!

I spent another languid early afternoon engaged in small talk... 
aah, it was a glorious time!

There were many questions about the Young Master and the detective
agency but, this is the first time. That afternoon I recieved
many surprising and useful tips.

Like, for instance, that that store has the cheapest vegetables 
and that the one across from it is overpriced and has low-quality
goods... Which families have handsome husbands, and a bunch of 
other things that are probably none of my business at all.

Though while I was profiting from the lady's conversation, I'm 
afraid I've neglected the office accounts again... and it seems 
I'm also behind on our own budget! hmph, it seems I'm growing a 
little careless recently.

From tomorrow on I'll try to improve..."


+ Entry 5 +

"@ Month * Day

Once again I joined in the backstairs gossip... but today the 
experience was a bit different.

that's right, today I met with the ladies at a slightly upscale 
cafe. It seems that they meet once a month at this cafe regularly.
It really wasn't anything special but, with a new setting the 
feeling also changed.

With delicious tea and cakes to accompany it, the conversation 
seemed even more energized. From time to time the cafe's owner 
peered at me strangely and I felt a bit strange, but it's easy 
enough just to forget about that part...

After evening set in, the meeting was brought to a close. I wanted
to thank them for the invitation and brought out my wallet to pay
but I was immediately scolded. It seems they have a credit account
at this place... and the ladies keep strict rules about such 
things.

I thought I fit in better, but I think I still need to study up to
fit completely..."


+ Entry 6 +

"/_\ Month O Day

Today I went along with Susanna, who I've recently become quite 
familiar with, for some shopping.

She wanted to prepare some new dishes and restock her pantry but 
she hasn't got any men around the house to help her. If I didn't 
help ladies in need it wouldn't just reflect on me, but on the 
Garland Detective Agency as well. So of course I agreed to help 
her happily.

Susanna is quite a bit younger than me at 28. Her husband is a 
sailor and spends most of his time at sea so it's been almost a 
year since she's even seen him.
It's such a sad story really... I've never been married but, there
have been times that work has kept me from the Young Master. The 
loneliness I felt at those times can't be described.

After we finished our shopping without incident, Susanna's invited
me for tea. I tried to refuse politely but she made such a sad 
face that I ended up giving in anyway.

oh well, it's too bad she could only have someone like me for a 
conversation partner, but I suppose when someone is as lonely as 
she is any little bit helps, doesn't it?"

+ Entry 7 +

"# Month b Day

It's still early on in the evening but I've already managed to 
finish most of my work so today I have some time to quickly jot 
down another diary entry.

For starters, we've had a lot more people filing requests with the
Detective Agency than we had before.  We got one in today to look
for a suspect that's jumped bail but, I think maybe this job is 
way too big for a self-run business like ours (though I'd never 
say it in front of the Young Master!).  I think something's up 
with this request but the Young Master is always jumping into 
things without thinking them through very deeply...

I'm really supposed to be doing some housekeeping now in 
preparation for his return but, I think I'm going to sneak off to 
keep an eye on the Young Master.  There are still quite a few 
places in New York where law and order is in a bit of decline, 
there's no end to trouble he could get into...

aah!  Why is the Young Master always acting so rashly?!  This time
I think I'm going to have to talk to him a bit more firmly about 
this."

+ Entry 8 +

"* Month x Day

The Young Master hasn't returned to the office for a while.  I 
thought he'd come back from time to time but, he's gone off on a 
journey and can't afford to rest even one day...  Of course I know
he's busy investigating those events but, before he went off on 
his trip I thought I saw a dangerous look in his eyes and fought 
off a wave of uneasiness.

On the other hand I'm beside myself with boredom without him.  I 
know I said to leave the agency to me but there really hasn't been
anything coming in at all in his absence...  I thought it would be
as busy as it was when the Young Master was here but... I suppose 
all the time I spent looking after the Young Master himself gave 
me a distorted idea of how busy we really were.

Lately the ladies say "aren't you being a little overprotective?" 
but, someone as unworthy as me, all I can really do is serve the 
Young Master.  Even when he's not here, I need to follow proper 
master-servant ettiquette, don't I?  I don't know how long Young 
Master's journey will continue.  It would be the least I could do 
to make myself useful to him somehow."


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the end...?

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