After killing his opponent, Takezou:



What does 先 refer to? Could it be his dead opponent (先方)? Or future / future opponents?


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It refers to his dead opponent. In this context,



I take ‘先’ as the opponent and the context of the quoted paragraph as “He went back right on as if nothing had happened, after glancing at the dead opponent. To him, it was only a matter of himself being thrown out behind the scene, if the opponent were stronger than him.”

‘[後先]{あとさき}’ or '[先後]{せんご}' is a pair word. It appears ‘先’ of ’先が強ければ’ forms a pair with ‘後’ of ’自分が後に捨てられてゆく’ to me.


His dead opponent due to the arrangement

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    Perhaps you would like to differentiate your answer from the existing answer by explaining what you mean by "due to the arrangement".
    – Flaw
    Feb 24, 2016 at 2:20

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