I understood that each person had delivered himself to this melancholy place and then poisoned himself with ice-nine.
There were men, women, and children, too, many in the attitudes of boko-maru. (120.13)
Love and death come together in this scene with boko-maru symbolizing love. The question is, how much did love lessen the blow and pain of death in the end? Once again, the novel leaves us with that question and no answer. At least we're used to it by now.