Nonomiya gazed at the waters of the pond for a moment, then began searching his pocket with his right hand. An envelope was protruding halfway from the pocket, and on it were characters penned in the feminine style. Nonomiya seemed not to find what he was digging for. His hand came out empty and he dangled it back at his side.
"The instruments aren't cooperating today, so I can't run experiments this evening. I thought I'd walk through Hongō on the way home. Would you like to join me?"
Sanshirō readily accepted. The two of them walked up to the top of the rise. Nonomiya paused in the place where the women had been standing earlier. He surveyed the subdued surface of the pond, contrasting it with the thick vegetation of the high slope across the way, and the building above that was visible through the branches.
"Nice view, isn't it? The way just the corner of that building is visible. The way the trees frame it. Did you notice the design of the building? The engineering buildings are well done too, but this one is superb."
Sanshirō was impressed by Nonomiya's keen observation. To be honest, he had no idea which buildings he preferred. This time it was his turn to just listen quietly and nod.
"Then there's the effect of the trees and the water. -- nothing special, but considering it's the middle of Tōkyō -- peaceful. Only in a setting like this can scholarship flourish. The commotion of Tōkyō is becoming unbearable. This place is a sanctuary." Speaking as they walked, he pointed out a building on his left. "That's where faculty meetings are held. I seldom attend. My work in the cellar takes priority. The pace of progress these days is breathtaking. If you don't keep up you're soon left behind. It may look to others like I'm just putzing around down there, but I can assure you my mind is in a frenzy. Maybe even more frenzied than those electric trains. Even though it's summertime, I can't bear the thought of time lost vacationing." As he finished, he was gazing up into the big sky. The last of the sun's rays were fading.