"It's clouded up. It must be cold out."
"It's actually quite mild. There's no wind."
"Really?" She returned to her seat.
"Sasaki sent me to ..."
"I know." She cut him short. Sanshirō fell silent. Mineko continued. "How was the money lost?" she asked.
"It was lost at the horse track."
"Oh my," she replied, though she didn't look as surprised as she sounded. On the contrary, she was grinning. Then, after a short pause she added, "Impulsive, don't you think?"
Sanshirō didn't answer.
"They say that horses are even harder to read than people. You're the carefree type. If a person's heart were indexed, you still wouldn't trouble to read it."
"It wasn't me."
"Really? Who was it then?"
Mineko suddenly laughed. Sanshirō, too, felt the absurdity of it all.
"Then it's not really you who needs the money, is it? Seems silly."
"I'm the one who needs it."
"This is all quite strange."
"I don't have to borrow it, you know."