As Yukiko and her aunt are absorbed in their discussion of marriage, Tonko, who has been listening on and following as best she can, suddenly chimes in. "I want to be married off too." Yukie, herself brimming with youthful passion and generally sympathetic to the hopes and aspirations of young ladies, finds herself suddenly disarmed by this rash declaration. The wife, on the other hand, takes it relatively in stride. "Where is it you have in mind?" she asks with a smile.
"Where I want to be married to, actually, is the Shōkonsha Temple. Only problem is I'm afraid of crossing Suidō Bridge."
Both the wife and Yukie, taken aback by the sophistication of Tonko's answer, can only respond with forced laughter. At this point, Sunko turns to her older sister to offer a proposal of her own.
"You like Shōkonsha? I do too. I love that place. We can go as brides together. What do you think? Either way is fine. I can hire a cart and ride there myself."
"Lil gal too!" Even Lil gal is in on the idea to be married off to Shōkonsha. What a relief for the master if all three daughters can be married off en masse to the same place.
At this point a cart rattles to a stop out front. "Here you are!" exclaims an animated voice. The master, it seems, has returned from his outing to Nihonzutsumi. The cartman holds out a large wrapped bundle that the master hands over in turn to the maidservant before sauntering into the living room. "Look who's here," he calls out to Yukie by way of greeting as he takes his place by the renowned brazier. With a bit of a flourish, he thumps down something resembling a saké bottle. The reason I say "resembling," of course, is that it's like no actual saké bottle I've ever seen, yet at the same time also not quite a vase. It's some oddball form of ceramic for which there's no right word to describe.