I hate Noda. Better for Japan if his kind were bound to heavy rocks and sunk in the sea. And that voice of Red Shirt's irritates me to no end. He no doubt softens it intentionally for scholarly effect. Unfortunately, his face spoils the effect. His 'Madonna' must be the rare human being capable of loving such a face. On the other hand, his sophisticated speech does befit his position as head teacher. After returning home I considered his arguments, and on the surface they seemed quite sensible. He isn't direct, so I can't be sure of what he meant, but it seemed he was warning me to watch out for Yama Arashi. If that's his point, then I wish he'd act like a man and affirm it clearly. And if Yama Arashi's such a bad instructor, then why not dismiss him immediately? Head teachers, like most elite scholars, are spineless. Any man who gossips maliciously and won't speak openly is surely a coward. Cowards tend to be kindly, so Red Shirt is probably as kindly as any female. Kindness is one thing and a man's voice is another. If he's showing me kindness then no sense rejecting it on account of that voice. It's a strange world when a revolting fellow turns out to be kind, and an amicable friend turns out to be a villain. Enough to leave one feeling like a fool. Perhaps all things in the country run counter to things in Tōkyō. What a troubling place. At any moment fires may freeze and rocks turn to tōfu. But on second thought, Yama Arashi hardly seems the type to incite students and cause mischief. He's rumored to be popular with the students, so he could if he wanted to. But why go to such trouble when he can save himself the effort by confronting me directly? If I'm a burden to him then he could just state the reasons and ask for my resignation. The situation could be readily resolved through dialog. If his argument held weight I'd resign the next day. This isn't the only place where rice grows. Wherever I might go, I certainly won't be dying by the roadside. Yama Arashi should understand as much.