In this chapter, Lunge Zhuang delivers a soliloquy in which he laments the state of affairs in the country. He compares the people of the country to "sitting morons" who do not deserve to be treated with respect. He also laments that the country has been "hacked" and that he must respond to Wuji's accusations first. He reminds Wuji that he was the one who was taking care of him when he was in prison for stealing the game. He asks Wuji to help him finish the codes so that he can return to his studies. He tells Wuji not to beat too hard because he still needs Wuji alive. If he had stolen the game, he says, he would have been so stupid as to stand in front of someone and wait for them to catch him. But now that he has finished the codes, he wonders why Wuji has not come out to confront him. He wonders if Wuji is afraid of people who are different from him or if he is afraid that they will support anyone who is good-looking. He concludes by saying that it would be better if they were both on the same side.