"However, one can't be too cautious with women these days. Things aren't the way they used to be. One must watch out."
"What do you mean? Do you think my wife's taken a secret lover in Tōkyō?"
"No. I'm sure your wife is trustworthy."
"I'm relieved to hear that. Then what is it one must watch out for."
"Your wife may be true. Your wife may be true, but ..."
"Who is it that can't be trusted?"
"There are many hereabouts. Perhaps you've heard about the Tōyama girl?"
"No, I haven't heard."
"You haven't heard? She's the foremost beauty in these parts. She's of such beauty that the teachers at the school all call her Madonna. You're not aware?"
"Oh, Madonna? I thought it must be the name of some geisha."
"Not at all. Madonna is a foreign word, and it means a woman of great beauty."
"Really. That's news to me."
"Most likely that name came from the art teacher."
"From Noda, you mean?"
"No, it was Yoshikawa."
"And this Madonna is untrustworthy?"
"This Madonna is an untrustworthy Madonna."
"What a bother. Women with nicknames have never been respectable, so maybe the same goes for Madonna."
"That's the truth. Remember Kijin no Omatsu and Dakki no Ohyaku. Frightful women they were."
"Do you suppose Madonna is that same type of woman?"
"Let me tell you. That gentleman Koga, who brought you to us. Well, she was promised to him as his bride."
"Incredible. I never took Uranari for a ladies' man. One can't judge by appearance. I'll have to be a bit more careful."