The three of them are starving, exhausted, and looking for a place to stay for the night. The boss asks how much he has learned from the monk, and the monk replies that he has not learned anything at all, but only how much the monk has taught him. He tells the boss that if he is not a human being, he will not be able to escape the punishment of the mountain god, which is that he will be punished for hurting it. He then tells the other two men that they must go to the east to find out what the reason is for sending the young people away. The two men decide to split up and go to different parts of the prefecture to look for the truth.