I humbly thank your lordship for what you have been pleased to say. My father warned me from the first that our crime was so great that, even were we to be pardoned by a gracious judgment upon one count, I must not forget that there would be a hundred million counts against us for which we must commit suicide: and that if I disregarded his words his hatred would pursue me after death. My father impressed this upon me at the temple called Sengakuji, and again when I was separated from him to be taken to the palace of Prince Sengoku. Now my father and myself have been condemned to perform hara-kiri, according to the wish of our hearts. Still I cannot forget to think of my mother. When we parted at Kiyoto, she told me that our separation would be for long, and she bade me not to play the coward when I thought of her. As I took a long leave of her then, I have no message to send to her now.
Oishi Chikara’s final statement before committing seppuku at the residence of Matsudaira Oki no Kami. Lord Matsudaira had offered to deliver a message to Chikara’s mother, but he politely declined. The son of Chief Retainer Oishi Kuranosuke, he was only 16 years old.
Some people live all their lives without knowing which path is right. They’re buffeted by this wind or that and never really know where they’re going. That’s largely the fate of the commoners–those who have no choice over their destiny. For those of us born as samurai, life is something else. We know the path of duty and we follow it without question.
Oishi Kuranosuke gives his 16 year old son, Oishi Chikara, the choice of taking care of his mother and siblings or joining the assault on Lord Kira’s residence.