Sanshirō was eager to hear of the "curious circumstances," but Yojirō took his time, mulling things over in private. After a while, Sanshirō's patience reached its end, and he insisted that Yojirō reveal, in entirety, all that he knew about Mineko. Yojirō laughed. Then, thinking perhaps to offer Sanshirō solace, he steered the conversation in a different direction.
"It's foolish to fall for her. You must know that nothing can come of it. First of all, aren't you both about the same age? No woman wants a man her age anymore. Such romance belongs to the past, to Oshichi's era."
Sanshirō remained silent. He wasn't sure yet where Yojirō was going.
"Let me explain. Consider a man and a woman, both about twenty. In all things, the woman is more capable. She can't help but view him as incompetent, and she feels no desire to marry into the house of a man she can't respect. The woman who regards herself above all else is an exception. She either goes to a man she disdains or lives out her days alone. There are daughters like this from well-to-do families. They willingly go as brides, but they never respect their husbands. Mineko's much better than that. Accordingly, she won't even think of marrying a man whom she can't respect as her husband. Anyone vying for her hand should know that. Fellows like you and me are disqualified from the get-go."