There is no point to my life anymore, and I wish to throw myself into the river. (89)
"Good-bye, Govinda." (92)
"Excuse me, sir, how do you know my name?" (92)
"Nothing is mine, I know nothing, I possess nothing, I have learned nothing. How strange it is!" (95)
Siddhartha is overwhelmed by the sense that his life no longer contains any purpose, and that there is no more future lying in store for him. Upon this realization, he feels the need to end his life, as he is disgusted by what he has become. Suddenly, the word "Om" resurfaces in Siddhartha's mind, reminding him of how foolish it would be to waste his entire life by ending it in this way. He then falls asleep near the river.
Upon waking up, Siddhartha is met by a bald monk who he recognizes to be Govinda. Accidentally revealing that he is Siddhartha, Govinda and Siddhartha begin to talk about where they are going - realizing how significantly both friends have changed since they last saw each other. Siddhartha talks about his lost sense of self to his old friend who, after listening, promptly bows and leaves Siddhartha to his own journey.
Siddhartha begins to realize the way his journey has brought him back to his days as a youth - days of being unaware and unknowledgeable, only beginning to start the path before him. Siddhartha's sleep under the tree now feels like a rebirth of his spirit, in which he had to be brought to the limit of grief in order to start on his journey once more, and to continue experiencing life as himself. He has achieved a sense of happiness once again, and decides to continue his journey, wherever it may take him.