"That's just it. I don't know how things are now, but I'm turning to you because you and Kushami were fellow boarders and close in your school days. Could you go and try to counsel him? He may still be brooding, but if he is it's his own fault. If he's willing to come around then I'll let up on him and do what I can to make it worth his while. On the other hand, if it's a fight he's after it's a fight he'll get. -- In short, he'd best understand whom he's messing with."
"I have to agree. Engaging in silly feuds will get him nowhere. He'll only diminish his own standing. I'll give him a good talking to."
"Keep in mind that our daughter has many suitors. We can't offer Mizushima any assurance with respect to his overtures. On the other hand, I hear good things about both his scholarship and character. You might suggest that if he were to earn a doctorate in the near future, or even show progress toward earning one, it would work in his favor."
"I'd be happy to encourage him. It might be just the motivation he needs."
"One more thing. I find it curious, and somewhat troubling, that Mizushima should look up to a crank like Kushami and let himself be influenced so. Of course, we have other options besides Mizushima, so if Kushami wants to pour cold water on things then it's no skin off my back ..."
"But it would be most unfortunate for Mizushima," added Madam Hanako.
"I've not yet met Mizushima, but he must know that marriage into our family would mean a leg up in the world."
"Mizushima seems to want this, but those two oddballs, Kushami and Meitei, are packing his head full of doubts."