Okamoto and Chiba tell Pi that his story is interesting, but they express their disbelief to each other in Japanese. Pi asks for another cookie, and Chiba notes that Pi hasn’t been eating the cookies but has been storing them under his bedsheet. Okamoto says to just humor him, and he tells Pi that they will be back in a few minutes.
Pi has reacted to his new “abundance” of food by stocking up in everything, as he is still in survival mode. The officials act like the religious agnostics whom Pi dislikes, demanding “dry, yeastless factuality” instead of Pi’s fascinating but improbable story.