Here and there folks rose from their seats. The main isle, from stage to exit, was soon awash in human motion. Sanshirō, half rising, looked around. A certain person, who should be present, was nowhere in sight. In truth, he'd kept his eyes peeled throughout the performance. Failing that, he'd awaited the curtain fall with eager anticipation. A bit disappointed now, he gave up the search and directed his gaze back toward the front.
The gentlemen next to him, it seemed, knew everyone who was anyone. Looking to both sides, they named renowned guests in succession. Over there was so-and-so. On that side was such-and-such. In several cases, they exchanged salutations with the other party across a distance. Sanshirō, thanks to these gentlemen, learned to recognize a number of distinguished men's wives. Among them was a newly wed couple. One of the gentlemen wiped his glasses for a better look, all the while expressing great interest.
At this point, from the far end of the curtain-covered stage, Yojirō started forward at a half run. Traversing the apron, he covered two thirds of its length and drew to a stop. Leaning forward, he peered across the parterre boxes, calling to someone within. Sanshirō took this cue to redirect his gaze. -- Several meters from Yojirō, in a straight line from the edge of the stage, Mineko's profile caught his eye.
The man next to her had his back to Sanshirō. Sanshirō hoped inwardly that this man, by some chance, might turn in his direction. Fortuitously, the man rose. Apparently in need of a stretch, he leaned against the box railing and surveyed the theater. In that moment, Sanshirō clearly discerned the broad forehead and large eyes of Nonomiya. As Nonomiya had risen, the figure of Yoshiko, seated behind Mineko, had come into view. Sanshirō tried to determine who else might belong to their party. What he saw from the distance, however, was nothing but a tightly packed throng. For all he could tell, the entire box could as well be together. Mineko and Yojirō conversed intermittently. Nonomiya threw in an occasional word as well.