Re:Zero Arc 3 Interlude II [Let’s Eat] (2/2)

Continued from Part 1/2: https://translationchicken.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/rezero-arc-3-interlude-ii-lets-eat-12/

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Crusch clenched her teeth, enduring her pain.

Rem kept her eyes on the man’s every movement.

She has no means of defending against his strikes. At the first sign of an attack, to leap away with Crusch is the only thing she could do.

In a moment of eerie realization– for some reason Crusch and Rem are all alone — why hasn’t anyone come to their aid?  In this critical juncture, with their lord gravely wounded, those knights who did not cower even in the face of the White Whale, why—

[Youth: Ah really… I eat and I eat it’s still not enough! It’s because of that, we keep on living! Eating, chewing, biting, ripping, crunching, munching, sucking! GLUTTONOUS DRINKING! GLUTTONOUS EATING! AH– I’M DONE!]

All of a sudden from behind came the shrill, ear-splitting voice of a teenager.

Like the first man, the youth’s voice sent chills running up Rem’s spine. Her body stiff, she turned to look at him. The youth stood among several empty carriages, from head to toe he was covered in blood.

His long, dark-brown hair extending all the way down to his knees, his body was short, about the same height as Rem, and perhaps 2 or 3 years younger — perhaps not much older than the kids in the village near the mansion.

Under his hair, only a thin, blood-soaked rag covers his slender body. Every inch of his skin is coated with blood.

Of course none of the blood was his. It was from the knights lying at his feet.

While Crusch and Rem were in a standoff with the man in front, the knights had engaged the enemy behind them. In the end, before Rem even sensed any combat, it was already over.

[Rem: You, are…]

Her voice quivering, Rem, with Crusch in her arms, backed up until both enemies were within her field of vision. Blood from Crusch’s shoulder had dyed the road red. Now the air turned cold, as if mocking their weakness, their fear.

Hearing the question, the man and the youth looked at each other.

As if it had all been arranged, they nodded to each other. Then with the same deranged smile of violent delight, they announced their name:

[Man: Witch Cult Sin Archbishop “Greed”, Regulus Corneus!]

[Youth: Witch Cult Sin Archbishop “Gluttony”, LEY BATENKAITOS!]

※ ※ ※ ※ ※ ※ ※ ※ ※ ※ ※ ※ ※

[Ley: When we sensed our pet got killed we came to have a look. But then, AH!— WHAT A DELIGHTFUL HARVEST! It’s good, it’s pretty good, it’s very good,  it’s great, it’s wonderful, it’s terrific, it’s breathtaking, it’s remarkable! It’s SPECTACULAR! Passion! Love! Hate! Chivalry! Oh JOY! And SORROW! That is, that is! THAT IS WORTH EATING!]

Witch Cult — and Sin Archbishop.

When those words reached Rem’s ears, she stood frozen in place.

With an exhilarated expression the youth stomped on the ground while howling in strange noises.

Spinning, as if dancing, his arms pointed to the fallen knights, and then looked at them as if with overwhelming compassion.

[Ley: How WONDERFUL! To personally come to feed. It’s been really hard to find people with backbone nowadays. But now, I am rediscovering my hunger’s LONG LOST GRATIFICATION!]

[Regulus: That’s what I don’t understand about you, Batenkaitos, your hunger isn’t real hunger, and the one being filled isn’t even you. Why can’t you be satisfied with just the way you are? We only truly possess what we hold in our own two hands and can carry with our own two arms. If you realize that, you will be able to control your desires, no?]

[Ley: No need to get preachy old man, I don’t like being preached to. I don’t disagree with what you said, but I’m not interested either. To be honest, as long as I don’t starve – I DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT THE REST!]

“Gluttony” Batenkaitos descended into a fit of deranged laughter, and “Greed” Regulus shrugged disinterestedly.

Two Sin Archbishops appearing in the same place at the same time, Rem sank into thought.

In terms of strength, defeating these two is impossible.

Even though Crusch’s bleeding had been stopped, she is still in critical condition. Whether the knights are dead or comatose, they can no longer fight.

To heal Crusch, Rem had already over-tapped her mana, though if she transform into demon mode she will be able to absorb mana from the atmosphere and put up a fight. But against these two, victory is inconceivable.

On the one hand is the flawless offense and defense of “Greed”. Known to be able to capture a city single handedly, it is impossible to measure the full extent of his power. On the other hand, “Gluttony” is no less formidable. Though his abilities are as yet unknown, he has managed to wipe out an entire battle tested army within seconds. No matter what, Rem could not see victory waiting for her in the near future.

She quickly scanned the battlefield, the Riger carriages are nowhere to be seen. The demihuman mercenaries were tasked with transporting wounded soldiers — and the head of the White Whale. They might have escaped in the chaos and be retreating full speed toward the Capital right now. Commanding them must be the Fang of Iron Vice Captain – Hetaro – bright and resourceful, and possessing great common sense and judgement…

If given enough time, perhaps he will return with reinforcements.

But, even so — it will probably not arrive in time for Rem.

[Rem: White Whale…]

[Regulus: Eh?]

[Ley: Huh?]

She muttered quietly, and both Sin Archbishops tilted their head.

She held her breath for an instant, having found a clue to stall for time. Before they lost interest, she continued.

[Rem: Did you want the Whale back? Because we are transporting the severed head to the Capital right now]

[Ley: Head? Ah, I was beginning to wonder what that weird smell was. What happens to the head doesn’t matter anyway. It’s dead, sure bring it back, what can you do? If we want to, we could always make a new one… It’ll take about the same amount of time to raise]

Saying this, Batenkaitos snapped his neck and ground his teeth,

[Ley: Compared to this…] he said forcefully

[Ley: Compared to a dead Whale we are more interested in the PEOPLE THAT KILLED IT. After 400 years someone FINALLY killed that thing. Even though we were already expecting a feast… AH! THIS IS FAR BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS!]

His head shaking up and down, his long hair wildly swinging, the youth laughed with saliva flying from his mouth, clacking his teeth as he did so.

[Ley: “Love! Chivalry! Hatred! Obsession! Accomplishment! Gathered together brought to a boil and swallowed whole! THE GRATIFICATION! Is there anything in the world more DELICIOUS? No no no no no no no no no no there isn’t there isn’t THERE ISN’T! GLUTTONOUS DRINKING! GLUTTONOUS EATING! So! My Heart! My Stomach! My JOY and GRATIFICATION are TREEEEEEMBLING!!]

Incomprehensible.

As if losing control, Batenkaitos broke into shrill, convulsive laughter. Silently, Rem turned her eyes to Regulus, and Regulus waved hello.

[Regulus: Unfortunately, unlike him… I’m here purely, purely by accident… Not my intention at all… Of course, do I have hunger and desires like his? To hold such selfish, meaningless desires… Unlike his unsatisfied stomach torturing him, I, on the other hand, am completely, utterly, content with myself!]

Spreading his arms wide like a cross, Regulus stood in front of Rem with an utterly refreshing expression.

Crusch’s left arm was severed, yet his two arms are still free to bend and turn,  it was like an act to flaunt his very existence.

[Regulus: Conflict, I hate that… For me, just merely enjoying the calm and safety of regular life is enough, I have no more need than that. Static, unchanging time and my self, that’s the best. Because my hands are small and powerless, for me, just for myself, just to protect my meager possessions I have to use up all my strength. That’s my kind of fragile existence]

Regulus emphasized it by clenching his hand into a fist. The hand that claimed countless lives, and the arm of a woman. Such an explanation is just taking it too far.

Be it Ley, a madman in a trance of deranged laughter, or Regulus, a self-righteous, self-satisfied and self-indulged blabbermouth, they certainly are Witch Cultists.

A storm of boiling rage was rising in her heart.

Rem laid Crush, still faintly breathing, down on the grassy plain. She forced her quivering legs to stand. In her hand, she held her morning star, and squeezing out the final drop of her depleted mana, spears of ice formed in the air around her.

Seeing this, Ley and Regulus’s expressions changed.

[Regulus: Was anybody listening? I said I don’t want to fight? If you’re going take an attitude like that, then, then that’s ignoring my wishes… That’s violating my Right. One of the few meager possessions I was permitted to have… My property. Taken from me. — To me, already so few in my desires, this is… unforgivable!]

[Rem: Enough is enough, Witch Cultist.]

Raising her head toward Regulus, Rem pronounced these words firm and resolute. Toward the disappointed-looking Regulus, Rem rattled her iron chains.

[Rem: Sooner or later, a hero will appear. How much pain and suffering your self-indulgence and conceit had caused in the world, will be known to that hero. Rem’s deeply beloved, one and only, hero.]

[Ley: Hey, a hero. We’ll be looking forward to that guy! If you believe in him so much, that guy must be DELICIOUS!]

Clapping his hands, body angled forward, Ley Batenkaitos stuck his tongue out at Rem. His eyes were not the eyes of a man looking at an enemy, much less at a woman. They were the eyes of a starving beast looking at his food.

The fallen knights behind Batenkaitos began to blur, and become indistinguishable.

Their existence, their position, none of it is now comprehensible to Rem. Why are they lying there, who are they, and what relation do they have to herself?

Just like the nightmare of one’s existence being erased by the White Whale’s mist. So the Whale’s master, “Gluttony”, possessed the same Authority.

—“Head Maid of the Household of Margrave Roswaal L. Mathers, Rem”

Intending to proclaiming her identity, Rem shook her head.

In this moment, the name she really wanted to say was

[Rem: Right now, I am only someone who is beloved by the person she loves. Companion of the Hero, the one I love the most in all the world, no matter what. Natsuki Subaru’s companion, Rem]

A pristine white horn emerged from her forehead, an immense surge of mana flew into her body from the atmosphere.

Her body drinking in new strength, the chain of her morning star writhing, rattling, the ice spears around her ringing in anticipation.

She opened her eyes, taking in the world and the feeling of the atmosphere. In her mind, she was seeing his face.

[Rem: Prepare yourselves, Sin Archbishops. Rem’s hero shall bring punishment upon you!]

Raising her morning star, the same instant the ice spears flew, Rem’s body shot forth.

As if in reply, Batenkaitos’ mouth stretched wide open, full of fangs.

[Ley: How wonderful!! —-Ah such PASSION! LET’S EAT!!]

 

Clash met clash, and in that instant she thought—

I wish when he realizes I am gone, it could cause a small ripple in his heart.

—This alone, was what Rem wished for in her final moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

-=Arc 3 Interlude II End=-

(Oh god I cried so much)

 

 

 

 

 

Next Chapter coming in 3 or 4 days!

Next Chapter Arc 3 Interlude III: https://translationchicken.com/2016/09/17/rezero-arc-3-interlude-iii-to-each-their-oaths16/

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107 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 3 Interlude II [Let’s Eat] (2/2)

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  1. Hey man, I really appreciate you translating this! GainerFlash here, an old proofreader from back in the days ^^
    If I were to give you some (constructive (hopefully)) criticism it would be that your way of writing things that are happening is stylistically never used in novels. What you’re doing is writing the things happening as if they were happening while reading instead of writing it as a story.

    Take for example this piece of text
    “Their existence, their position, none of it is now comprehensible to Rem. Why are they lying there, who are they, and what relation do they have to herself?”.
    If it were to be written in stylistic novel fashion it would look more like
    “Their existence, their position, none of it is was comprehensible to Rem anymore. Why were they lying there, who were they, and what relationship did they have to her?”.
    What I’ve done is basically change the text from in-the-moment form to it’s-already-happened-story form, as well as changed “relation” to “relationship” simply because that word is the better choice due to it having a meaning more in line of what’s happening.

    Do note that this applies only to descriptions, not to the dialogue, if you’re interested in trying this style out.

    Once again, no ill intentions; seeing this translated in good quality saved my day after the anime ending. Just wanted to let you know in case you were interested 🙂
    (If you are, you’re very welcome to hit me up and I could probably help out a bit :3)

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    1. Hey Gainer,

      Thanks for writing this long constructive comment! I would love to discuss this with you if you have the time!

      I do have problems with present/past tense and it troubles me quite a bit when I don’t know which one is grammatically correct. I wonder if it is allowed to switch back and forth?

      The thinking behind my style is like this:

      That passage for example, I did write it in present tense on purpose, to give a sense of immediacy, or a sense of time moving forward. The disappearance of the Knights on the ground is something that is in progress, and the “is now” is a threshold between before, and after. (before, she knew who they are, after, she doesn’t)
      And tells the reader that a change has is taking place, right now.

      I thought it would pull the reader into what’s happening immediately, as if they’re watching a scene of the anime. The sense of immediacy makes it easier for the reader to feel suspense, because it’s something that is currently happening, and requires immediate attention.

      Another reason is, Rem is “thinking” what we are explaining. If we put quotes around it:

      “Why are they lying there, who are they, and what relation do they have to [myself]?”

      Rem was actually thinking that subconsciously. The reader is reading her thoughts.

      On the other hand:

      “Why were they lying there, who were they, and what relationship did they have to [me]?”

      doesn’t sound like Rem’s thoughts at all, and sounds too distant in a point in the narrative where our empathy for her was crucial. (I used ‘relation’ because Rem didn’t have any relationship with the knights. I hoped ‘relation’ could carry the meaning “relative political postion”(like as her ally) or something)

      Another example regarding immediacy,

      “In this moment, the name she really wanted to say was”

      was probably messing up past/present tense. Because “this moment” means now, and “that moment” means an already-passed moment which cannot be entered by the reader. I chose to use “this moment” to draw the reader into Rem’s “moment” in her perspective, not as an outside observer. That way the emotional potential is higher.

      My priority is maximum emotional impact, and to make it easy and enjoyable to read.

      To do this I use a lot of trial and error to test which version has the most appropriate effect for a given place in the narrative, or just rolls of the tongue better. What I end up with might be extremely messy grammatically.

      And in the end, I can’t be sure whether a passage is actually good for everyone, or only feels good to me. So I’ll need more feedback about this…

      When you find a passage awkward to read, let me know and I’ll develop a better perspective about it.

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  2. Couple quick edits right at the beginning, should add “of” in this sentence: “even in the face (of) the White Whale” and remove “the” in this one: “She has no means of defending against -the- his strikes”

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  3. Thank you so much for the translate! I know u took ur time and u put a lot of effort I wish I could help you in any way. But right now the only way 2 help u is with just “thanks!” I don’t think it would be enough, but really thanks for your time! 😀

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  4. Thank you so much for your handwork in translating this novel! I’ve been looking for ages!
    Yet, I wish I didn’t find the translation to what happened after Epi 25…I’m so sad T-T

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  5. thanks for doing this man u are great

    i cant wait seeing Ley in the anime, i want to see if he is crazy like petelgeuse or maybe more?

    if i wasnt spoiled on what happened to Rem i would probably cried haha

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  6. I donated as soon as I read the first interlude.
    Quick edit for a typo in the youth’s speech [Youth: Ah really… I eat and I eat it’s still not enough! It’s because of that, we keep on living! Eating, chewing, biting, ripping, crunching, munching, sucking! GLUTTONOUS “DRNIKING”! GLUTTONOUS EATING! AH– I’M DONE!] shouldn’t it be DRINKING?

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  7. “Gluttony” Batenkaitos uses “we”, not “i”
    ex: “We” don’t like being preached
    “Our” Heart! “our” Stomach!
    I’m sorry that I can’t speak English very well.
    My grammar may be wrong.

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  8. I wish when he realizes I am gone, it could cause a small ripple in his heart.

    —This alone, was what Rem wished for in her final moment.

    The moment where cried the most

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    1. No, in Japanese there is no “[Crusch:”, but the Japanese narrative style puts the description only after the dialog, which is very confusing to English readers, who are used to description before or intertwining with the dialog.

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  9. I’ve noticed already there are some deviations (from the original text) in your translation, despite the fact I don’t know Japanese. Anyway, I have a question – there is at least one thing I can’t understand at all – ” I am only someone who is beloved by the person she loves. ” That makes no sense. Who is “she” and by whom Rem is “beloved”??? Subaru didn’t say he loves Rem, neither Emilia about Subaru, so that’s why I’m asking you. In the web novel she says: 「今はただのひとりの愛しい人。――いずれ英雄となる我が最愛の人、ナツキ・スバルの介添え人、レム」, where the part I’m asking about is “今はただのひとりの愛しい人” and there is no any words like “he” or “she” or any other complicated interrelations. You did a great job, I appreciate it, but explain please, I do want to understand the author.

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    1. Hi Cat, that sentence is not a deviation from the original text.

      Japanese phrases are not directly translatable to English without loss of meaning. In order to *preserve* the meaning and connotations of the original Japanese phrase, it is necessary to split a single Japanese phrase into more than one English phrase.

      “愛しい人” is literally “beloved” or “lover” or “darling”, the meaning in this context is “someone who is beloved by the person she loves”. Specifically, “[Rem] is beloved by the person [Rem] loves”

      A literal translation, on the other hand, will result in severe loss of meaning. So in order to allow the reader to understand the author, doing this is necessary.

      I hope that answered your question! :3

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      1. It’s nice to see your reply, but I still can’t get the meaning and the way you’ve translated it.
        [Ima wa tada no hitori no itoshī hito] ~ [now just single/one beloved]
        I understand, that you need to split and rearrange in order to bridge the language differences. But how have you got this: “I am only someone who is beloved by the person she loves” ?

        Explain your sentence, please. I can’t get it.
        [I am only someone who is beloved by]<-(Rem?) [the person]<-(Subaru?) [she loves]<-(Emilia?).
        Rem is a person who is beloved by Subaru, while Subaru is beloved by Emilia? Am I correct?
        If so, your translation suggestion is controversial in terms of the story, I already said it.
        If I am not correct, explain me the right way, please. I hope, you do not consider it as an assault or something.

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        1. Sure a lot of people are doing that!
          We already have Spanish, Russian, and Italian, and Polish.
          I was going to make a Other Languages page when I revamp the website layout, but I had to keep translating so I didn’t have time to do it yet…

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      2. Actually, I have just finished my translation of this chapter into Russian (for my friends). I am not sure, when I will proceed to the next, but at least, I can say I’m proud of it. It’s not just a literal poor conversion like Google Translate. If you wish to have it aside from the one you mentioned, you can contact me on twitter at your convenience.

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  10. Chicken your a god
    You translating this is just amazing and I know it isn’t easy but your doing a great job. This is one of my favorite animes and being able to continue to read it is amazing.
    Thank you so much

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  11. When I Saw This, All I Thought Was:”It Would Look So Pretty.”
    I’m Going To Draw It, I Swear To Satella-Sama.

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  12. I’ve never read a light novel or web novel but this anime really makes me wants to read it.

    No, I read it because of Rem T.T

    Of all anime female characters, I love her the most and this chapter really makes me sad…I don’t know what’ll happen to her, but I will always pray for her #PrayForRem

    And THANKS for translating, it means a lot for us. I will always support you!

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  13. Thank you so much for translating this, you really deserve more love (not from satelle). Oh and have you heard of the theory that Subaru doesn’t love Emilia, he is in love with Satelle. This is why Emilia called herself Satelle at the beginning, since it was actually Satelle trying to get Subaru to fall in love with this body, the body she is going to take over in the future. This is also why anyone he tries to tell about his return by death ability dies, since they might be able to take away that ability “stealing” Subaru away from Satelle and cutting their connection. So good news Rem, if you survive, as soon as you cut the connection between Subaru and Satelle, he’ll most likely stop loving Emilia and you will have a chance with him (Rem x Subaru for life), sorry Emilia.

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  14. Ouch, I mean I know that Rem will survive due to reading the summary of the Echidna side story but I also know she is likely to end up in a coma unable to be awakened until near the end of the story.

    I wonder if they may spare Rem simply because she was so sure that Subaru would come after them, meaning using her as bait may be amusing to them. Of course this is assuming a lot as they don’t even know who Subaru is yet,

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  15. After having a portion spoiled [You know what I mean], I had to find out exactly what happened.

    This is incredibly sad and much worse than I thought. I hope this is somehow reversed by Subaru…. anyway thank you for the translation.

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  16. GOD DAMN, I HATE SUBARU SO MUUUUUUUUUUCH, HOW IN SANE MIND CAN HE NOT LOVE REM AFTER ALL? SUBARU I WANTO YOU TO DIE OVER AND OVER AGAIN, Oh wait, he already do that. SUBARU JUST KILL YOURSELF OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

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    1. technically he loves rem too but in the anime the scene has a bit changed. read the scene after the fallen of the white whale between subaru and rem you’ll see 🙂

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      1. Yes, I know, he demonstrate more love towards REM than to Emilia, which seems to be a kind of first-love one. More passion then actual love. And from the Intelude III he kinda looses his mind hearings Rem’s voice over and over again in his head. And all those caring loving words, just makes me want to kill him once, LOL, besides, as we aren’t reading the book from the very beginning it makes it harder to get the real depth of their feelings and thoughts, since the anime adapted 9 volumes for what it seems, it’s almost absurdly​ large amount of information reduced and cut off I’m the anime.

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  17. I got what you’re saying, but personally, for me, Subaru loves more REM than Emilia, and it reaaaaaally pisses me off when Rem is soooo damn cute while Subaru is a stupid damn clueless. Aahhhhu and now she “vanish” and I hate Subaru for not being with her and be there in Emilia’s lap, you know what I really wanted to have happened, Subaru die, and in spirit he sees the battle btw rem, and the Sin Archbishops. Ahhhh if he didn’t accepted her love even so, idk if I would have the guts to quit reading BUT I surely would curse Subaru everytime he shows up in the story hahahahahahaha

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  18. I haven’t cried yet because it is not sinking in yet, but once I come back I’ll be having some water in me eyes.

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  19. I am so thankful to you!
    The opportunity to keep tracking the follownig storyline is just as a god gift for me due to diff. accessiblity of ranobe in other languages except for Japan. Seems like you are the only one who provides such a great opportunity to read the ranobe in Egnlish.
    I appreciate all your work. Lifelong happiness to you, bro!

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