We cannot help thinking of what this lemon is. I forgot what was taught as to it in my high school class many years ago...I remember nothing. But at any rate, how should we think of such this tale?
I have read “Lemon” several times, and at this time the word “weight” stopped me to think. Although the word appears after we read some pages, weight is dealt with even in the early part. That is “an enigmatic ominous mass”, “a phantom of debt collectors”, and “heavy books”. One day “I” realise why he is attracted by a lemon that “what’s count is this weight”. “Doubtlessly, this weight is one into which all kinds of virtue and beauty are exchanged”.
Virtue and beauty he mentions seem to mean what he cannot get any more because of his poverty. That is, for instance, what he bought before in Maruzen — eau de cologne, chic faceted works, and amber or jade bottles of perfume. Since he remembers when buying a beautiful pencil to get complacent, he hates there and keeps away. This is also his “weight” indeed.
But as a consequence, he does sense that he can reach at virtue or beauty without money, having the lemon in his hands. And he walks into Maruzen again with the lemon. When he is threatened by disgust, as it were, “weight”, the lemon blows it away.
“When I looked around, the tint of the lemon, being refined, swallowed a variation of colour tones into its fusiform body. I felt that the dusty air in Maruzen was not tensioned but around the lemon particularly. I looked to it for a while.”