"You seem to know many things. How do you learn such details? I'm impressed."
"This is a small town. Everything is known."
It struck me that too much was known. At this rate she might even know about my tempura and dumplings. Bothersome place. But thanks to her I was now in the know about Madonna and the relationship between Yama Arashi and Red Shirt. This was valuable intelligence. However, it still wasn't clear to me which was the villain. I'm a simple man, so I need things in spelled out in black and white. Otherwise I can't know whom to trust.
"Of Red Shirt and Yama Arashi, which is the better man?"
"Who's Yama Arashi?"
"Yama Arashi means Hotta."
"Well Hotta is the stronger of the two, but Red Shirt, as a scholar, is more capable. When it comes to kindness, Red Shirt is the gentleman. But they say that the students like Hotta better."
"So which is the better man?"
"I suppose the one who earns more is the greater of the two."