The sin of ignorance
The line “If you can’t eat, you’re better off dead,” is meant to correspond with the famous line “If they have no bread, let them eat cake,” attributed to Marie Antoinette. (1) It isn’t meant to be cruel, but to show Jelanda’s narrow-minded view that the world revolves around her. To be a worthy ruler, you can’t indulge in ignorance or let your own dishonorable opinions about your countrymen amass against you. (2) This isn’t really her fault, as there were no adults in her environment who could teach her how to be a proper ruler. Arngrim was amazed at her ignorance, but probably also felt sorry for her.
1: I’m not sure of the first line, because I guessed at how to interpret “残せばよい” in this context. I axed the info about France, because we know who/when Marie Antoinette is, generally speaking.
2: I’m basing my interpretation partly on what Jelanda actually does.
甘やかされて育ったジェラードだが、 愛情いっぱいに育ったかというと疑問が残る。 さすがに父親は娘を愛しただろうが、 公務の忙しさで娘と長い時間を過ごせたとは思えない。 母親も兄弟もいないようなので遊び相手がいたということも考えにくい。 父親を侮辱したアリューゼに仕返しを思いつくジェラードの表情は、 まるで新しいオモチャを見つけた子供の顔にみえる。 もちろん自覚はないだろうが、 ジェラードはアリューゼと “遊ぶ” ことを楽しみにしていたとは考えられないだろうか。 例えば「こら、 このガキ！」とかまわれることである。 イタズラを仕掛けてアリューゼを怒らせ、 かまってもらいたかったのである。 そして自分が他人に認められることに満足したかったのである。
Though Jelanda was spoiled when she grew up, one is left with doubts as to whether there was much affection in that upbringing. Her father probably loved her, as expected, but his duty as king kept him busy, and without much time to spend with his daughter. Since she didn’t have a mother or siblings, it’s difficult to imagine she had any companions to play with. Jelanda’s expression when she contemplates revenge on Arngrim, who insulted her father, is like that of a child who just found a new toy. She wasn’t aware of this, of course, but one wonders if she didn’t think “playing” with Arngrim might be fun. (3) She was going to play a prank on Arngrim to make him angry, because she wanted his attention. (4) With this, she would have been content with gaining the acceptance of another person. (5)
3: I’m a little unsure of this. It’s the “にしていたとは考えられないだろうか”. The following line, “例えば「こら、このガキ！」とかまわれることである” is a bit problematic; it plays off of this one, but doesn’t make much sense to me on its own, so I left it out. I couldn’t find a good translation for “このガキ”.
4: could also mean she wanted to tease. That would be redundant, but possible.
5: I don’t really like this, but I couldn’t think of how else to phrase it. I’m probably missing something really obvious.
And then... developer notes. :D
ヴィルノアによってアルトリアは滅ぼされた、 と考えるのが妥当でしょう。 当時のアルトリアは大陸の中央にあって、 中央をめざしてヴィルノアやクレルモンフェラン、 ジェラベルンが進行していたわけですから、 ジェラードが仮に生きていたとしてもアルトリアは戦火の中心にあったことでしょう。ア
What happened to Artolia after Jelanda’s death?
It would probably be safe to assume Villnore destroyed Artolia. At the time they occupied a central area of the continent, and Villnore, Crell Monferaigne, and Gerabellum had their eyes on that territory. The Artolia Jelanda enjoyed was an illusion, and actually embroiled in war. (6) The country was doomed.
6: I think what “仮に生きていた” is saying, is that her life, or living there, was fleeting, but when added to the rest of the sentence, I thought it meant that Jelanda lived in a sheltered world with illusions of security that didn’t actually exist.
ゲーム上ではすぐにジェラードが死んでしまったように感じますが、 実際はジェラードがアリューゼに信頼を置くまでに時間があったのです。 ジェラードの周囲は父親以外は腹黒い大人ばかりで、 心を開ける人間がいなかったのですよ。 アリューゼはその点、 一本気というか裏表のない性格だったので憎みきれなかったのでしょうね。 ジェラードが初めて触れる「まともな人間」がアリューゼだったわけです。
Why is it that Jelanda favored Arngrim when it appeared she hated him?
Although Jelanda dies almost immediately when the game begins and we’re left with this impression, the truth is that Arngrim had her trust until that time. Excepting her father, Jelanda’s environment was full of untrustworthy adults (7), and there was nobody she could open up to. Because Arngrim was up-front with his thoughts and not two-faced like the others, she probably couldn’t hate him. (8) He was the first person she’d met who was sincere.
7: the term used for the adults is actually “black-hearted,” but I thought that was over-dramatic.
8: 一本気 means a one-track mind, which sort of applies to Arngrim, but didn’t match the rest.
It sure sucks to live in Artolia. Makes you think people should've been smart enough to get out, and never mind the practical complications involved in migrating to different countries. :P Actually... since Artolia has been around for quite a while, it makes me wonder how they lasted so long, if they're occupying prime real estate. Did their borders shrink? Did they have a stronger army at one time? I guess that's kinda sorta implied in the character profiles in VPS. Maybe. I don't remember.
These questions will, hopefully, be answered later in the book. And much much later, in terms of my translation speed. XD