"Then you don't have the money?"
"I had to go elsewhere for it. I couldn't leave you hanging."
"You needn't have put yourself out so."
"There's one complication, though. The money's not on me. You'll have to go and get it."
"Actually, after coming up empty at Literary Review I made the rounds to Haraguchi and several others, but they were all strapped for cash at the end of the month. Finally, I went to Satomi -- I don't think you know him yet. His name's Kyōsuke. He's Mineko's older brother, a graduate of the law school. I went over there, but to no avail, as Kyōsuke was away. By that time I was hungry and tired of walking, so I conferred with Mineko."
"Nonomiya's sister wasn't there?"
"It was early afternoon. She was still at school. We talked in the parlor, so it wouldn't have mattered anyway."
"After we talked, Mineko agreed to help out by lending the money."
"She has her own money?"
"I'm not sure. At any rate, everything will be fine. She agreed to help, so rest assured. Interestingly enough, she enjoys playing big sister, despite her youth. It's part of her nature. There's no need to worry. All it took was the asking. She told me she had the money, but then, at the last moment, she withheld it from me. I was fully taken aback. I asked if she thought me untrustworthy, and she confirmed to my face, with a grin, that she did. I felt slighted. I suggested I could send you, and she said that that would be fine. She'll hand you the money personally. Whatever she likes. Can you go and get it?"
"Either that, or I'll wire home for it."
"Don't wire home, that's folly. You're perfectly capable of going over there for it."
"Alright, I'll go."