"I don't harbor frustrations."
"If you think you don't then you're deceiving yourself. -- No society, after all, is entirely free of deficiencies."
"I suppose not."
"It follows then, that those within a society feel some form of discontent. Ibsen's characters sense deficiencies in the modern social system most acutely. Little by little, we're growing to sense them too."
"You really think so?"
"Not just me. All men of intellect think so."
"Is your Professor Hirota of the same mind?"
"I'm not sure what the professor thinks."
"Just now, though, didn't he say that Mineko, while calm on the surface, is unmanageable? If we follow his thinking, it seems that he credits her calm exterior to her social skills. So doesn't that imply, then, that it's a deep-seated discontent that renders her unmanageable?"
"I see. -- The man really is insightful. Looking at it that way, he's sheer brilliance."
Yojirō transitioned suddenly to praise for Professor Hirota. Sanshirō would have liked to discuss Mineko's disposition further, but Yojirō had outmaneuvered him.
Yojirō spoke again. "Actually, what I wanted to talk to you about ... -- Wait. First of all, did you read 'Great Dark Void?' If you didn't read it then you won't understand what I'm after."
"After we parted today, I went home and read it."
"What did you think?"
"What did the professor say about it?"
"He hasn't read it. He doesn't even know about it."
"Well, then, it was certainly engaging. -- But it was a bit like drinking beer to quell an appetite."
"Good enough. As long as it evokes a reaction. That's why I used an assumed name. This is just practice. When the time is right, I'll publish under my real name. -- Anyway, here's what I have in mind."