The problem of the twenty yen was now, finally, resolved. With that, Yojirō immediately related the latest happenings with regard to Professor Hirota.
His initiative was steadily gaining ground. Whenever he could find time, he made the rounds, visiting others in their lodgings to consult one on one. One on one was the only way. In a group setting, each would try to assert himself, and this could lead to internal strife. The other concern was that less assertive members might feel disregarded, even from the start, and never fully engage. One on one was absolutely the only way. That being said, it required time. And money too. One couldn't let that stand in the way. Throughout the entire process, Yojirō took care to mentioned Professor Hirota only sparingly. If it was perceived to be for the professor's sake, rather than for the students, then all would come to naught.
This was Yojirō's approach, and he believed it had served him well so far. His first argument was that a faculty strictly of Westerners was unacceptable. A Japanese national must be brought on board. Later on, they would sponsor another gathering to select a committee. The committee would communicate their wishes to the likes of the dean and the president. The gathering was mere formality, not really essential. They already knew which students would be committee members. All were sympathetic to Professor Hirota, so any one of them might, depending on how the negotiation played out, nominate him to the university leadership ...
From the sound it, Yojirō had the world in the palms of his hands. Sanshirō was duly impressed. Yojirō spoke on about the night, a while back, when he'd brought Haraguchi to the professor's place.
"Remember how, on that evening, Haraguchi encouraged the professor to join his informal gathering of writers and artists?" Sanshirō, of course, remembered. According to Yojirō, he himself had orchestrated the affair. There were various motives for doing so, the most prominent and immediate of which was to acquaint the professor with an influential member of the literature department, who would also be in attendance. Such a connection would benefit the professor greatly. The professor, as an eccentric, was not wont to socialize. However, if a suitable occasion were created he could keep respectable company, albeit in his own eccentric way ...