Sanshirō picked up the register and wrote "Fukuoka Prefecture, Miyako District, Masaki Village, Sanshirō Ogawa, student, 23." This was his correct information, but he had no idea what to write for the woman. He wished he'd waited for her at the bathing room. Now he was stuck here with the maid waiting on his entry. Seeing no alternative, he wrote arbitrarily "same prefecture, same district, same village, Hana Ogawa, 23," and returned the register to the maid. Then he picked up the fan to cool himself.
After a while the woman returned to the room. "Sorry for the intrusion." Sanshirō told her not to worry about it.
He took out a notebook from his bag and started his journal entry. He couldn't write, though he felt he had lots to write about. The woman's presence broke his concentration. Then the woman said, "I'll be back in a bit," and left the room. Now he really couldn't write. He was wondering where she had gone.
The maid arrived to prepare their bedding. She had brought only a single wide futon, so he told her they needed separate beds. She protested that the room was too small, and so was the mosquito netting. His appeals went nowhere, as she seemed unwilling to trouble herself on his behalf. Finally, she said that the desk clerk had stepped out for a bit, but she would talk to him when he returned. She stubbornly proceeded to spread the single futon under the mosquito netting and left.