The lawyer handed a bundle of documents to a clerk and told him to total them. The clerk added swiftly on abacus, wrote the aim on a separate slip of paper and placed it on the lawyer's desk. The lawyer stared at it for a while in silence, then he passed it to Toda. Toda removed his glasses and brought the paper close to his face.
Scowling at the figures, Toda asked, 'is this in the black or red?'
'Red,' the lawyer answered simply.
Toda answered as though to himself,'A deficit of more than 2.5 million yen?'
At his side, Ukue (wife) shivered.
This was the result of two years, unjust imprisonment-not one of his seventeen companies was worth salvaging.
'Don't worry,' Toda spoke gently to his wife, who walked beside him with her head bowed. 'As long as I'm here, you do not ever have to worry.' The situation was hopeless. As yet, he has no concrete plans. But in his heart, he felt a confidence that no one would have understand.
- Human Revolution, Reconstruction, page 27