Sanshirō returned to his lodgings and went down to the bath. Refreshed after bathing, he came back to find a picture postcard on his desk. The picture was of a small stream bordered by scraggly grass in a thin strip. At the edge of the grass were two sheep in repose. On the opposite bank stood a large man with a walking stick. The man was drawn with a most menacing expression, like some depiction of the devil from Western art. For good measure, the kana for 'devil' danced around him. On the front side, below Sanshirō's name and address, the words 'stray sheep' appeared in small letters. Sanshirō knew immediately to whom this referred. Furthermore, he was overjoyed that there were two sheep included on the reverse, one of which must implicitly be a likeness of himself. It wasn't just Mineko, it was the two of them. The meaning of Mineko's 'stray sheep' was finally clear to him.
He thought he should start on "Great Dark Void," as he'd promised Yojirō, but he wasn't in the mood for reading. His attention was fixed on the postcard. It had a flavor of witticism not found in Aesop. There was also an air of innocence to it, and something honest too. Most of all, there was something in it that touched him.
The quality of the work was extraordinary. Everything was vivid and alive, quite different from the persimmon tree that Yoshiko had painted -- such were Sanshirō's impressions.
After a while, Sanshirō finally began reading "Great Dark Void." He wasn't really paying much attention, but over the first several pages his interest was gradually piqued. Before he knew it he was six pages in, and he continued on effortlessly through the entirety of a lengthy twenty seven pages. Only after reading the final line did he realize he was at the end. He lifted his eyes from the magazine, satisfied in his accomplishment.
However, when he tried in the next moment to recall what he'd read, his mind was blank. So much so that he almost had to laugh. He only knew that he had read a great deal, and with great enthusiasm. Yojirō was a gifted writer.