The next morning, Mr. Xing checks on chiyo, who has a weak pulse. He suggests that the northern butterfly skill of acupuncture might be able to help her. He then grinds the herb into powder and gives it to her. She takes the herb and coughs, saying that it is "great" and that she is " flattered" by the herb. She then asks if he will be at her bedside during her recovery, and he says that he will.