"Why? It bothers you?"
"It's not that it bothers me. But I shouldn't borrow from you behind your brother's back."
"And why not? Anyway, my brother is aware of this."
"He is? Then I guess it's okay. -- On the other hand, I don't have to borrow it. If I wired home, I could have it within the week."
"If it bothers you so, I don't want to force it ..."
Mineko seemed suddenly detached, as though she'd left him and drifted away. Sanshirō wished he'd just borrowed the money, but now it was too late. He fixed his gaze on the candle holders. He was never one to curry favor. Mineko, for her part, remained distant and did not reengage. After a moment she rose again and looked through the window.
"It looks like the rain is holding off."
Sanshirō echoed her tone in his answer. "Looks like it's holding off."
"If it's not going to rain, I think I'll go out for a bit," she continued as she stood at the window. Sanshirō took this as a cue for him to go. It was not for his sake that she'd dressed in fine silk.
"I should be going," he said as he rose. Mineko accompanied him to the entry hall. As he stepped down to retrieve his shoes, Mineko asked from above if she could walk part way with him.
"Suit yourself," he replied.
Before he knew it she was down by the entrance. In stepping down, she drew her mouth to Sanshirō's ear and whispered, "Are you angry?" At that point, the maidservant came hurrying out to see them off.