Third and fourth hour, and the hour following lunch, were generally the same, each with minor blunders. I realized that teaching is not as easy as it looks. Having made it through the teaching day, I still wasn't done. I had to sit there idly until three o'clock. At three the classes under one's charge would report that they'd finished cleaning their rooms, and the teacher was to perform an inspection. After that, and after one final check of the attendance sheets, we were free to leave. Even though we were on salary, there didn't seem much sense in us being held there to just stare at our desks. But since the rest of the staff were adhering to the rules, and I didn't think it proper as a newcomer to create a fuss, I went along. On the way home I mentioned to Yama Arashi that it was foolish for us to be held at school until after three. He laughed in agreement at first, but then became serious and told me not to complain too much about the school. If I had something to say, I should tell only him, and he added in a cautionary tone that there were certain people one must watch out for. We parted ways at the next corner, so I had no opportunity to question him further.