Yojirō told how he'd sent complimentary tickets to Professor Hirota and Haraguchi. He also told how he'd sold premium tickets to Nonomiya and his sister, and to Satomi and his sister. Everything, he reported, was proceeding in top form. Sanshirō, by way of encouragement, expressed his full confidence in a highly successful show.
That same evening, Yojirō called on Sanshirō at his lodgings. It was hardly the same Yojirō from earlier in the day. He sat stiffly by the hibachi, complaining of chills. By the look on his face, there was more going on than simply chills. He first leaned forward to warm his hands over the coals. Then he pressed them deep into his pockets. To lend some life to Yojirō's face, Sanshirō shifted his desk lamp from one edge to the other. Yojirō, however, dropped his jaw dejectedly. The light fell, without effect, on the large dark crown of his closely-cropped head. He didn't come round. When asked what was wrong, he lifted his head and gazed at the lamp.
"Hasn't this place been wired yet?" His question bore no connection to the look on his face.
"Not yet. They say they're working on it. Oil light's too dim, isn't it?" Sanshirō replied.
Yojirō seemed suddenly to forget about the lamp. "Things have gone terribly awry."
Sanshirō was compelled to ask what had happened. Yojirō produced a wrinkled newspaper from his pocket. It was two papers stacked together. He took one, opened it up, and then refolded it. Pointing to an article and flattening the paper with the tip of his finger, he told Sanshirō to read. Sanshirō brought his eye close to the lamp. The article was titled, 'University Department of Literature.'
The university's department of foreign literature has, until now, been staffed solely by Westerners. The administration has entrusted the full curriculum to foreign instructors. In response to changing times, and pressed by popular student sentiment, the necessity for inclusion of a Japanese national lecturer has finally received its rightful recognition. Consequently, a search has been underway for a suitable candidate. A certain man has now been selected, and an announcement is imminent. The man selected is a brilliant scholar who received directive to study abroad and is recently returned. As such, he is most duly qualified. Such was the gist of the article.