After the instructors and students had left, it seemed a shame to remain at the school with nothing to do. The night duty room was in the west end of the dormitory, which was behind the classrooms. I entered the room, but it was receiving full sun from the west and was stiflingly hot. In this country the heat lingered well into autumn. I ordered up the usual student's fare and finished dinner, which was astonishingly awful. Hard to believe they could subsist on this stuff and still stay so rambunctious. Even more extraordinary to think that they down it eagerly at half past four in the afternoon. I was done with dinner, but the sun was still up, and it was too early to retire. I wanted to go bathe at the onsen. I didn't know if it was permitted to leave the school while on night duty, but I couldn't bear to suffer here in idle confinement. On my first arrival at the school I had asked after the night duty instructor and learned from the janitor that he was out on an errand. This had struck me as odd at the time, but now that it was my turn here I saw things differently. Going out for a bit was the correct course of action. I informed the janitor that I was leaving, and he asked if I needed something. I told him no, I was just going out to bathe, and then promptly departed. I was sorry to have left my red towel at home, but I could borrow one at the onsen.