The fact that Hundert continues to live in Woodmere at all after his retirement tells the reader a great deal about his character and priorities. Teaching was a vocation for him, and, as he says at the beginning of the story, St. Benedict's School was his life. He cannot separate himself from the school entirely and looks forward to visits from his former pupils. The story ends with one such visit from the quiet, punctilious Deepak Mehta, the polar opposite of Sedgewick Bell. Hundert wishes that he could break down Mehta's reserve and talk to him man to man, but he realizes that there will always be a certain reserve, even after the passage of many decades, between men who have been teacher and pupil. It is entirely characteristic of Hundert both that he regrets this and that he understands and accepts it.
Hundert's life in retirement continues to be orderly and (to employ the term he would use and understand for a life of civilized seclusion) Horatian. He takes two walks every day and ensures that he takes a route which gives him a view of his beloved St. Benedict's. Finally, it is entirely characteristic of Hundert's commitment to lifelong learning and to a well-rounded, well-stocked mind that, after a lifetime of teaching Western Civilization, he notices and seeks to remedy his neglect of Japanese culture.