It was just before seven a.m. when I arrived back at my lodgings. I went to my room and immediately began packing. The old woman was surprised and asked what I was doing. I replied that I was leaving for Tōkyō to fetch my wife, and I proceeded to settle my account with her. I caught the train to Minatoya by the beach, where Yama Arashi was already upstairs sleeping. I thought I should draft a letter of resignation without delay, but I didn't know what to say, so I just wrote, "Personal circumstances compel me to resign my post and return to Tōkyō. Please be so kind as to favor me with your understanding. Yours Truly." I addressed this to the principal and dropped it into the post.
The steamboat departure time was six in the evening. Yama Arashi and I were both exhausted and slept soundly until two in the afternoon. On waking, we asked the maid if she'd seen any sign of the police, and she replied that she hadn't. "Red Shirt and Noda didn't file a complaint." The two of us laughed heartily.
In the evening we left that ungodly place behind us. The further the shoreline receded, the better I felt. We had direct passage after Kōbe, and when we arrived in Shinbashi it was like re-emerging into the civilized world. I parted with Yama Arashi and have not had occasion to see him since.
I've neglected to mention Kiyo -- After arriving in Tōkyō I rushed straight to her, suitcase in hand. "Kiyo! I've returned." "Botchan! You've come back to me so soon!" She greeted me with tears in her eyes. I was so happy that I promised her I wouldn't leave again. We'd own a house together in Tōkyō.
Afterward, through the introduction of an acquaintance, I took a position as assistant engineer with the tram car office. My monthly pay was twenty five yen, and I paid six yen for rent. Though there was no grand entry hall, Kiyo was quite satisfied with our house. Unfortunately, she passed away in February of this year after falling ill with pneumonia. The day before she died, she called me to her side and said, "Botchan, be so good as to bury me in your family plot. When I'm resting in my grave I can happily await your visits." So Kiyo's grave is in the Yōgenji temple in Kobinata.