Even Nightray must have thought this when the boy who had been brought to him after having his parents killed by the chains suddenly talked about something like that.
The main subject of the sentence is Nightray.
I hope this helps
Next time, try to give a little more context - I had to use wikipedia to check the names and to realize that "チェイン" was a group of characters and not that the parents were killed in succession or using metal chains
Thank you very much for you help. However, I still can't seem to make sense out of this in its context.
"When the boy whose parents have been killed by chains (...) said that all of a sudden" is pretty clear to me. Even though I have no idea about what it is that the boy said since he said very little so far and won't say much more in next pages. But grammar says the boy is the subject of the verb 話し出す, right?
What's really driving me crazy is 自分の元へ. What does 自分 point to here? Duke Nightray? The boy? The speaker (Vincent)?
The third part is the most confusing. Is Duke Nightray the subject or object of the verb 思う?
You'd need to look at the raw itself to find out what the boy said, I guess... He is indeed the subject of the verb 話しだす.
From my understanding of the sentence, without any other context to help me at all, the subject of the 自分のもとへ part appears to be Nightray, while the boy is the subject (hence, the idea that the boy was brought to Nightray). The speaker is well, just the speaker
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Re: [jp] Need help with a sentence
I never read this manga, so I just go with what you posted.
There are 3 main characters: (1) the speaker= 自分 ;(2) the boy who was brought to the speaker(自分) after his parents were murdered by Chain. ; and (3) Duke Nightray
Getting rid of the murder part to make it simple ....
少年が突然そんなことを話し出したとき,ナイトレイ公でも思ったりしたのだろうか。 Literal translation:
When the boy suddenly started to talk about such things*(そんなこと), I (the speaker) wonder if the boy thought of Duke Nightray.
*Normally, そんなこと should have been mentioned by the boy right before this scene.