It occurs to me, based on the preceding narrative and my own application of logical thought, that there are no better targets for provocation than the Okuyama monkey and the school instructor. Such comparison is perhaps overly generous -- not overly generous to the monkey, but to the instructor. That being said, the parallels are evident. As you'll know, the Okuyama monkey is restrained by its chain. However fiercly it bares its teeth, however much it screeches, one needn't fear its claws. The school instructor, while not restrained by a chain, is tied and bound by his monthly pay. However much provoked, he'll never jeopardize his post by letting loose on a student. The kind of man with the nerve to unload on a student doesn't sign on as an instructor, charged with those very students' care, in the first place. The master is such an instructor. He's not a Rakuunkan instructor, but an instructor nonetheless. When it comes to provocation, he's highly suitable, exceedingly expedient, and in no position to retaliate. The Rakuunkan students are young men. Provocation serves to boost their egos, and it's also a rite of passage, as they see it, that's part and parcel of their schooling. Furthermore, their bodies and minds are brimming with energy. Sit them down for ten minutes, and they'll all but explode. The situation being what it is, it goes without saying that the master, as a matter of course, is going to be provoked, and the students, as a matter of course, are going to be provoking him. The master's angry reactions then, are the height of folly, stemming from his utter lack of sophistication. In the following account, I'll describe in some detail the extent to which the Rakuunkan students provoked the master, and the extent to which the master's response was wanting.