The next day I arrived at the school and went straight to the principal's office.
"Why wasn't I asked to tender my resignation?"
"Huh?" Tanuki seemed caught off guard.
"How is it possible that Hotta has to resign and I don't?"
"Circumstances at the school dictate that ..."
"Those circumstances are in error. If my resignation's not required, then neither is Hotta's."
"I don't know that I can explain it -- it's necessary that Hotta leave, but I see no need to ask for your resignation."
It was just like Tanuki to maintain his composure and dish out convoluted logic. He left me with no alternative.
"In that case, I'll bring you my letter of resignation as well. You shouldn't imagine that I can sit idly by as Hotta alone is dismissed. I'm not so coldhearted."
"I can't allow that. If Hotta leaves and you leave, we'll have no mathematics instructor at the school."
"Then have no mathematics. See if I care."
"Don't be so self-centered. Give some thought to the school's circumstances. And consider your own future. How will it look on your resumé if you resign after only a month?"
"What do I care how it looks? I won't shirk my obligations in favor of my resumé."
"You're quite right about that -- each of your points in itself is correct, but try to understand my position too. If you're intent on resigning then I can't stand in your way, but I ask that you at least stay on until a replacement arrives. Please go home and think things over once more."
My reasons were clear as day, and there was nothing to reconsider. However, Tanuki cut a pitiful figure as he alternately turned pale and flushed red. I agreed to give it further thought and took my leave. I did not speak with Red Shirt. Best to let him have it full force when the time was right.
I told Yama Arashi of my discussion with Tanuki, and he indicated that the situation was as he had thought. He pointed out that I could tender my resignation at any time and suggested I should hold off for now. I decided to accept his counsel. Yama Arashi was wiser about the world than I was, so I thought it best to adhere to his guidance from then on.