"Are you heading home already?"
Neither of them answered. Sanshirō took a few more steps in their direction.
"You're going somewhere?"
"Yes, just for a bit." Mineko said in a soft voice. Sanshirō could hardly hear. He descended the rest of the way. He didn't inquire further, but just stopped there next to them. The sound of cheering rose from the field.
"It's the high jump," said Yoshiko. "I wonder what height they cleared."
Mineko gave a slight smile. Sanshirō remained silent. He had no intention of commenting on the high jump.
"Was there something of interest on the hilltop?" Mineko asked.
There was nothing up there but the boulder and cliff edge. Nothing anyone would take interest in.
"Nothing at all."
"Really?" she said as though unconvinced.
"Let's go see!" Yoshiko interjected cheerfully.
"You mean you've never been up there?" Her companion asked in a deliberate manner.
"Come on, let's go!"
Yoshiko started up. The other two followed after. Yoshiko went as far as the edge of the grass and turned around. "It's a precipice," she called, using grandiose language. "Looks like the place from which Sappho might have jumped, don't you think?"
Mineko and Sanshirō both laughed. At the same time, Sanshirō had no idea from what kind of place Sappho was purported to have jumped.
"Why not give it a try?" Mineko called back.
"Me? Should I jump? But the water's so dirty." So joking, Yoshiko came back from the edge.
The two young ladies finally started to discuss their plans.
"You're going to go?" Mineko asked.
"Yes. What about you?" Yoshiko replied.
"I don't know."
"Either way is fine. I'll just be a bit, so why not wait here?"