"The principal told her he would think it over. This reassured her, and she was anticipating positive news, expecting it would come either this month or next month. The principal asked Koga to his office, but when he went he was told that, unfortunately, school finances were such that a pay raise was not possible. However, there was an opening in Nobeoka that offered five yen more per month. This would meet his needs perfectly, and arrangements had already been made, so he should prepare to go."
"It was an order then, rather than an offer?"
"Exactly. Koga would rather stay put at his current salary than transfer elsewhere for a small increase. He made the case that his family home and his mother were here, but the principal told him it was already a done deal and his replacement was on the way."
"They're playing him for a fool. Despicable. Then Koga has no desire to leave. I thought the whole thing seemed odd. No one could be such a buffoon as to move deep into the mountains and commune with monkeys for a five yen pay raise."
"Tell me, what is a buffoon?"
"Never mind. This is a Red Shirt scheme. Unethical and thoroughly foul. And raising my pay as part of the transaction - what could be more improper? Let's just see him try to raise it."
"You'll be receiving a pay raise?"
"I was told I'd be given a raise, but I think I'll refuse it."
"Why would you refuse it?"
"I have my reasons. Listen, that Red Shirt's an idiot, and he's a coward."
"He may be a coward, but if he offers you a raise you should receive it gracefully. These things may bother you while you're young, but when you look back later you'll wish you'd been a little more tolerant. We always end up regretting things we lost on account of our passions. Listen to an old woman, and if Red Shirt offers you a raise then accept it with gratitude."
"I don't need your 'wisdom of age' meddling in my business. I'll make my own decisions concerning my salary."