On the morning of the day of Uranari's farewell party, Yama Arashi approached me immediately on my arrival at school and offered a lengthy apology. "When Ikagin complained to me the other day of your unruly conduct and asked me to tell you to move out, I took him at his word. I've learned since that he's a scoundrel who peddles forgeries impressed with fake seals, so I've no doubt his complaints against you were also complete rubbish. He'd hoped to earn extra money by selling you paintings and curios. You fended him off, and he realized there was no profit to be had, so he trumped up false pretexts to remove you. I was unaware of his true character, and I ask your pardon for the great discourtesy I've done you."
Without answering, I picked up the ice water money that was still there on Yama Arashi's desk and put it into my coin purse. He asked doubtfully if I were really taking it back. I explained that I'd resolved not to let him treat me and had intended to absolutely return his money, but after thinking further, I'd decided I should let him treat me after all. So, yes, I was taking it back. Yama Arashi laughed in his hearty voice and asked why I hadn't taken it back sooner. I'd really wanted to take those coins back, but the situation was awkward, so I'd left them. I confessed how in recent days I'd found it more and more stressful to arrive at school each day and see those coins. He noted that I was a man who can't back down, and I replied that he too was a man of extreme obstinance. The two of us then proceeded to have the following exchange.
"Where are you from?"
"I'm a native of Tōkyō."
"A native of Tōkyō, huh? That explains why you never back down."
"How about you?"
"I'm from Aizu."
"A native of Aizu, huh? No wonder you're headstrong. Will you be at tonight's farewell party."
"I'm definitely going. I even intend to see Koga off at the shore when he departs."
"Farewell parties are great fun. Come and see. I'm planning to drink heavily."
"Drink if you like. I'm going to return home after I eat the fish. Fellows who drink are idiots."
"You love a quarrel, don't you? Typical Tōkyō man, you're never in want of indiscretion."
"Be that as it may, can you stop by my place before the party? I have a matter to discuss."