After a while a raucous voice broke out in song. The geisha in front of me had a shamisen and asked if I wouldn't like to sing something too. I declined but asked her to sing for me. She sang, "Bells and drums, wandering wandering Santarō, don doko don, chanchikirin. If banging bells and drums brings folks together, then I'll bang bells and drums to meet to one I want, don doko don, chanchikirin," in two breaths. She said this had taxed her and stopped to rest. If it's that hard to sing then she could have chosen an easier tune.
Then Noda, who had suddenly seated himself at her side, said, "How unfortunate, Suzu-chan, that you met the one you want, only to see him leave so soon." Noda spoke, as always, in his storyteller-like manner. The geisha brushed him off with a pout, but Noda persisted. "While chancing to meet the one I want ..." he chanted in a poor imitation of Gidayū. The geisha slapped his thigh with an open hand and told him to cut it out. This started Noda laughing with delight. This was the geisha who had greeted Red Shirt. Noda was a half-wit to take such pleasure from a geisha's slap. "Suzu-chan, play for me while I dance the Ki no Kuni." Now he was intent on dancing too.
Across the room, the old classics teacher contorted his toothless mouth and sang, "I can't hear you Denbei, this affair between you and I ..." After making it this far he had to ask his geisha for the next line. Memory fails in old men. One of the geisha grabbed the natural history teacher and offered to play him a modern song. She told him to listen closely. "Her hair is tied up stylishly with a white ribbon. She rides a bicycle, she plays a violin, and she says in her best English 'I am glad to see you' ..." The natural history teacher found this amusing and was impressed with the English line.
Yama Arashi called for the geisha in his booming voice. He ordered a shamisen accompaniment for the sword dance. The geisha, taken aback by his unruly manner, failed to respond. Yama Arashi, not to be thwarted by a minor technicality, grabbed a cane and proceeded alone into the center of the room to begin his performance. In the meantime, Noda had finished dancing Ki no Kuni, finished dancing the Kappore, and finished dancing Dharma on the Shelf. Now he had stripped down to his loincloth, placed a hemp broom under his arm, and was marching around the room saying, "Sino-Japanese negotiations have fallen through ..." The scene was utter insanity.