The thing about the old and wise man is that even if he can’t see, he still knows what’s coming. The world and his experiences have made him a good spectator, because even if remaining objective means he doesn’t have many friends, there are still those who seek the truth and the future.
So she brings her question and payment to him, but when he gives him an answer she doesn’t want to hear, she wonders if she should never have left home.
When she goes back – not because she doesn’t believe his words, but because it’s the only way to prove he’s real – she loses her naivete for the first time, like all the secrets of the world have suddenly been opened.
In the hollow of a moment, she’s a hundred years older, and an emptied heart means that nowhere can be home for her ever again.