Yama Arashi, who to this point had been listening quietly, energetically rose to his feet. Since we'd been quarreling, I was resigned to hearing the rascal hand Red Shirt another endorsement. He could do as he pleased for all I cared. He began speaking in a thunderous voice that rattled the windows. "I am in complete disagreement with the opinion of the head teacher and my other colleagues. However one views this incident, it must be acknowledged that fifty boarding students disrespected a certain new teacher and played him for a fool. The head teacher seems to seek a root cause in the character of our staff, but with all due respect, I believe he is mistaken. The teacher in question was assigned to night duty shortly after his arrival, after fewer than twenty days of interaction with the students. Twenty days is not enough to assess a man's scholarly potential or character. If there were legitimate reasons for the disrespect that occurred then these reasons should be taken into consideration, but tolerance of insincere students who mock a new teacher without provocation compromises the dignity of this school. The essence of education encompasses more than scholarship. While instilling noble, honest, and chivalrous vigor, one must also stamp out vulgar, rash, and arrogant vices. The day we take half-hearted actions for fear of backlash or escalation is the day that corruption takes root. To thwart corruption is the reason we hold our positions at this school. If we turn a blind eye then we have no business calling ourselves teachers. For these reasons, I believe the appropriate measures are strict punishment for all boarding students and a public expression of apology before the teacher in question." With that, he dropped back into his seat with a thud. The room was quiet. Red Shirt began polishing his pipe again. I somehow felt revitalized. Everything I'd wanted to say had been said for me by Yama Arashi. Being a simple person, I completely forgot about our quarrel and turned to him with an expression of thanks. He took no notice of me.