"However, the senior Mr. Koga passed away last year. Up to that point they were a prosperous family, with money and an ownership stake in a bank. After his passing, for whatever reason, their circumstances took a sudden turn for the worse. It could be that someone took advantage of young Mr. Koga's good nature and cheated him. Things being what they are, the wedding was put off. Then that head teacher entered the scene with a burning desire to take her as his own."
"Red Shirt? What a scoundrel! I thought there must be more to that shirt than just a shirt. Then what?"
"He approached through a go-between, but the Tōyama house had an obligation to the Koga house, so they were not in a position to give him an immediate answer, saying only that they would consider things carefully. At this point Red Shirt began calling regularly to shore up his influence. Over time he won the young lady over. This brought both Red Shirt and the young lady into disrepute. After once committing to the Koga house, to jump now to this scholar is surely an offense against heaven."
"An offense indeed. Not just against heaven, but against the earth and the moon as well. Utterly despicable."
"Feeling sympathy for Koga, his friend Hotta paid a visit to the head teacher on his behalf. Red Shirt denied any intention of usurping one betrothed to another. He might take her for his bride if she broke her engagement, but for now he was merely a social acquaintance of the Tōyama family, and this was in no way a slight against Koga. Hotta could press the matter no further and left it at that, but they say there's been bad blood between the two of them ever since."