The tale unfolds in a village populated by black sphinxes who live with the villagers. These beasts try to learn something from each situation they encounter. The chimeras take on the form of a body when humans enter into conflict or disputes. When human beings move on to a new life, the white sphinx appears at that time with these words: "Good night, young master. I am the reality of your tears, your heart, the path to the other side of the page."