世事如棋。小說裡老父親Ogata-San一番棋論，亦可作人生箴言看： “Chess is all about maintaining coherent strategies. It’s about not giving up when the enemy destroys one plan, but to immediately come up with the next. A game
isn’t won and lost at the point when the king is finally cornered. The game’s sealed when a player gives up having any strategy at all” (129).