By the time of The Game of Life (1896), Kareno is ten years older. He remains deeply involved in his philosophical studies and is now working as a tutor at the house of a Herr Oterman, in Nordland.
He has a round tower built and continues his studies there, but the tower burns down one night and Oterman’s two sons die. Oterman’s daughter, Teresita, who is in a relationship with Kareno, is responsible for the fire. She herself dies when shot by the blind soothsayer, Ty. Kareno’s wife, Elina, comes back to him almost immediately after this.