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Kajii Motojiro's In a castle town (城のある町にて)

karenk

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I'm almost finishing, so bear with me little longer. I'm lost about this passage:

「吉峰さんのおばさんがあしたお帰りですかて……」信子は何かおかしそうに言葉を杜断(とぎ)らせた。
「あしたお帰りですかて?」母が聞きかえした。
 吉峰さんのおばさんに「いつお帰りです。あしたお帰りですか」と訊(き)かれて、信子が間誤(まご)ついて「ええ、あしたお帰りです」と言ったという話だった。母や彼が笑うと、信子は少し顔を赧(あか)くした。

I can't get what they are laughing about, I know that it has something to do with the expression 帰りですかて but why? What is wrong/strange about the way Nobuko answered the question or is it the way the question was made by Ms Yoshimine?
 

Toritoribe

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Because Nobuko used the honorifics お帰りです for her own action. As you know, the speaker can't use honorifics for their in-group members including themselves. She should have answered to the question as ええ、あした帰ります instead. That's why they laughed.
 

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It is funny how everything is so obvious after you mention it... ;)
Thank you!
 
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