Up until Chapter 4 Siddhartha had pretty much allowed himself to be led by the teaching of others. Suddenly he comes to the realization that he has not learned what he needs to reach a state of Nirvana from the others. When he meets Buddha he feels that Buddha offers peace and has a good presence, but something is still missing for Siddhartha. He asks Buddha a series of questions not wanting to insult him but to gain knowledge. What he discovers is that Buddha seems to have found a way to possess the quality of having conquered himself. Siddhartha wants to have this too and he knows his next quest is to find out how to conquer himself.