In this chapter, the young narrator tries to forget about the past and focus on the present. He reminds himself that if he is too worried about the future, he will end up like an old man. He tells himself to be careful and not to blame himself too much. He remembers his sister who used to slap him when he was a child because he was so helpless. The young narrator tells us that he knows exactly how it is to be helpless, and that the feeling of being "tolerated" is what he used to feel as a child. He asks his sister if it has been a while since she has been with him. She tells him that it has not yet. She says that she only listens to her father and her brother-in-law . They will keep her as long as she proves herself useful. This is because she is more useful than she is. When she arrived, she probably thought that she was just like her father. But this is not the case, she says, because everyone in the family underestimated her love for her. . She also says that tian-ze cannot tolerate shu-bi's acting against him. He says that he will continue to bait her and provoke her. She has already made up her mind to act against him, and now he can make his move. He wonders if he will be able to help rong-rong escape from her control as a young man.