"Do you know the artist Haraguchi?" she continued.
"No, I don't."
"Well, Haraguchi is here today, sketching the event. Nonomiya came and warned us to watch out, lest we end up caricaturized."
Mineko came over and sat down next to him. Sanshirō felt himself a fool.
"Won't Yoshiko be going home with her brother tonight?"
"Even if she wanted to, she couldn't. Starting yesterday, she's living with me."
Sanshirō learned now that Nonomiya's mother had returned to the country. As soon as she'd departed, Nonomiya had cleared out of his place in Ōkubo and become a boarder. They'd agreed that, for the foreseeable future, Yoshiko would stay with Mineko and continue her schooling.
Sanshirō was surprised at Nonomiya's nonchalance. If he was that willing to be a boarder again, then why had he taken a house in the first place? For one thing, what did he do with his household wares - the kettle, pans, and buckets? Sanshirō thought about such details, but they weren't worth voicing, so he refrained from comment. By relinquishing his household and reverting to student-like living, Nonomiya had effectively backtracked on the path to establishing himself in society. To Sanshirō, this was a welcome bit of reassurance. On the other hand, Yoshiko was now with Mineko, and this brother and sister were inseparable. It was a given that Nonomiya would call on Yoshiko often, and his relationship with Mineko would evolve in the process. It was also conceivable that the chance would thus arise for Nonomiya to once again quit his lodgings, this time for good.