The Tale of Genji

Genji is the protagonist of the novel and the Emperor's favorite son. However, because Genji's mother, the Lady of the Paulownia Court, is disliked by the Emperor's other concubines, the Emperor feels forced into making Genji a commoner. From the beginning, Genji is more perfect than any other children at court. He's adept at writing, singing, and playing the koto. As a young teen, Genji marries Aoi, who is four years older. The two never form a particularly strong bond, however, and Genji justifies his disappointment with her by focusing on all the ways in which Aoi continually brushes him off and is rude to him. In addition to Aoi, Genji maintains relationships with a number of other women throughout the novel. Though some of these follow more conventional trajectories, several of Genji's romances are extremely dysfunctional: after Genji's mother dies when he is a toddler, his father summons Fujitsubo because she looks like the Lady of the Paulownia Court; Genji later falls in love with Fujitsubo, and when she's away from court because of an illness, he takes the opportunity to rape her. Not long after, Genji discovers a ten-year-old girl, Murasaki, who turns out to be Fujitsubo's niece. Because they also look very much alike, Genji kidnaps Murasaki and raises her to be his “perfect companion”—in other words, to look as much like his mother and as Fujitsubo as possible. As the novel progresses, Genji does come to an understanding that the women he has relationships with depend on him to help their status at court, which leads him to spend more time with some of his “neglected favorites.” However, he still neglects many of his lovers, most notably the Rokujō Lady. When Genji's relationship with Oborozukiyo leads him to decide to go into exile, he spends much of his time away pining for Murasaki and painting the landscape. While in Akashi, the Akashi Lady bears his first daughter and third child. Eventually, Genji is allowed to return to court and through his children, goes on to become very powerful.

Genji Quotes in The Tale of Genji

The The Tale of Genji quotes below are all either spoken by Genji or refer to Genji. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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The Paulownia Court Quotes

In a certain reign there was a lady not of the first rank whom the emperor loved more than any of the others. The grand ladies with high ambitions thought her a presumptuous upstart, and lesser ladies were still more resentful.

Page Number: 3
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Once more there was malicious talk; but the prince himself, as he grew up, was so superior of mien and disposition that few could find it in themselves to dislike him.

Page Number: 6
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Because she was of such high birth (it may have been that people were imagining things) she seemed even more graceful and delicate than the other. No one could despise her for her inferior rank, and the emperor need not feel shy about showing his love for her.

Page Number: 6
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Evening Faces Quotes

Fond of the child she has reared, a nurse tends to look upon him as a paragon even if he is a half-wit. How much prouder was the old woman, who somehow gained stature, who thought of herself as eminent in her own right for having been permitted to serve him.

Related Characters: Genji, Koremitsu's Mother
Page Number: 31
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She was of an extraordinarily gentle and quiet nature. Though there was a certain vagueness about her, and indeed an almost childlike quality, it was clear that she knew something about men. She did not appear to be of very good family. What was there about her, he asked himself over and over again, that so drew him to her?

Related Characters: Genji, Lady of the Evening Faces
Page Number: 41
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The priests did not know who he was. They sensed something remarkable, however, and felt their eyes mist over.

Related Characters: Genji, Lady of the Evening Faces, Koremitsu
Page Number: 58
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The weak ones do have a power over us. The clear, forceful ones I can do without. I am weak and indecisive by nature myself, and a woman who is quiet and withdrawn and follows the wishes of a man even to the point of letting herself be used has much the greater appeal. A man can shape and mold her as he wishes, and becomes fonder of her all the while.

Related Characters: Genji (speaker), The Rokujō Lady, Murasaki, Aoi, Lady of the Evening Faces, Ukon
Page Number: 62-63
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Lavender Quotes

"It would be nice, I sometimes think, if you could be a little more wifely. I have been very ill, and I am hurt, but not really surprised, that you have not inquired after my health."

"Like the pain, perhaps, of awaiting a visitor who does not come?"

Related Characters: Genji (speaker), Aoi (speaker), Minister of the Left
Page Number: 83
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She did not seek to hide her distress, and her efforts to turn him away delighted him even as they put him to shame. There was no one else quite like her. In that fact was his undoing: he would be less a prey to longing if he could find in her even a trace of the ordinary.

Related Characters: Genji, Fujitsubo, The Emperor, Omyōbu
Page Number: 86
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The hand was very immature indeed, and yet it had strength, and character. It was very much like her grandmother's. A touch of the modern and it would not be at all unacceptable.

Related Characters: Genji, Murasaki, The Nun
Page Number: 104
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Murasaki was the perfect companion, a toy for him to play with. He could not have been so free and uninhibited with a daughter of his own. There are restraints upon paternal intimacy.

Related Characters: Genji, Murasaki, Ukon
Page Number: 106
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An Autumn Excursion Quotes

To no Chujo was a handsome youth who carried himself well, but beside Genji he was like a nondescript mountain shrub beside a blossoming cherry.

Related Characters: Genji, Tō no Chūjō
Related Symbols: Cherry Blossoms
Page Number: 107
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Fujitsubo was tormented by feelings of guilt and apprehension. Surely everyone who saw the child would guess the awful truth and damn her for it. People were always happy to seek out the smallest and most trivial of misdeeds.

Related Characters: Genji, Fujitsubo, Reizei, The Emperor
Page Number: 117
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Naishi, though much discommoded, did not protest with great vehemence. There are those who do not dislike wrong rumors if they are about the right men.

Related Characters: Genji, The Emperor, Naishi
Page Number: 127
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In the Seventh Month, Fujitsubo was made empress [...] Making plans for his abdication, the emperor wanted to name Fujitsubo's son crown prince. The child had no strong backing, however [...] The emperor therefore wanted Fujitsubo in an unassailable position from which to promote her son's career.

Related Characters: Genji, Fujitsubo, Suzaku, Reizei, The Emperor
Page Number: 132
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The Festival of the Cherry Blossoms Quotes

"It will do you no good. I am always allowed my way. Just be quiet, if you will, please." [...] Though of course upset, she evidently did not wish him to think her wanting in good manners.

Related Characters: Genji (speaker), Oborozukiyo
Page Number: 138
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Heartvine Quotes

Genji felt like a child thief. The role amused him and the affection he now felt for the girl seemed to reduce his earlier affection to the tiniest mote. A man's heart is a very strange amalgam indeed!

Related Characters: Genji, Fujitsubo, Murasaki, Aoi
Page Number: 182
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Though avoiding display, he took great pains with her initiation ceremonies. She found the solicitude, though remarkable, very distasteful. She had trusted him, she had quite entwined herself about him. It had been inexcusably careless of her.

Related Characters: Genji, Murasaki
Page Number: 184
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Memories had dimmed over the years, but now the astonishing resemblance did a little dispel his gloom. The dignity that quite put one to shame also reminded him of Murasaki. He could hardly think of them as two persons, and yet, perhaps because Fujitsubo had been so much in his thoughts over the years, there did after all seem to be a difference.

Page Number: 204
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"Though I leave behind a world I cannot endure,

My heart remains with him, still of that world.

And will be muddied by it."

Related Characters: Genji, Fujitsubo, The Rokujō Lady, Reizei, Akikonomu
Page Number: 219
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Suma Quotes

They lived precarious lives, completely dependent on Genji. So lonely indeed was their mansion that he could imagine the desolation awaiting it once he himself was gone...

Page Number: 245
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Akashi Quotes

He thought that he could hardly be expected to visit her. She had her own ideas. She knew that rustic maidens should come running at a word from a city gentleman who happened to be briefly in the vicinity. No, she did not belong to his world, and she would only be inviting grief if she pretended that she did.

Page Number: 299
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Channel Buoys Quotes

Though she saw little of him, the lady was completely dependent on him; but she was not of the modern sort, given to outpourings of resentment. He knew that she would not make him uncomfortable. Long neglected, her house now wore a weirdly ruinous aspect.

Page Number: 327
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Her soft voice, trailing off into silence, was very pleasing. He sighed, almost wishing it were not the case that each of his ladies had something to recommend her. It made for a most complicated life.

Related Characters: Genji, Lady of the Orange Blossoms
Page Number: 328
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Genji Character Timeline in The Tale of Genji

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The Paulownia Court
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The Lady of the Paulownia Court soon has a son (Genji) who is a magnificent infant. The Emperor brings Genji to court the first chance he... (full context)
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When Genji turns three, the Emperor makes sure that the ceremony that gives Genji his first pair... (full context)
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...Emperor's grief, which colors everything he does. Even when he's with Suzaku, he dwells on Genji. He sends the best nurses and serving women to Genji and one chilly autumn evening,... (full context)
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...lives as though he's in a nightmare. He asks that she come to court with Genji so that the child doesn't have to live in "this house of tears," and suggests... (full context)
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...lady's mother's poem a little odd, especially since it implies that the Emperor cannot protect Genji. He again loses himself in sorrow and thoughts of the dead Lady of the Paulownia... (full context)
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After a time, Genji returns to live at the palace. In the spring, when it's time for the Emperor... (full context)
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When an embassy arrives from Korea, the Emperor disguises Genji as the son of the grand moderator and sends him to visit them. The Korean... (full context)
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Because Genji sees the Emperor so often, it's difficult for Fujitsubo to keep herself hidden from him.... (full context)
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When Genji turns twelve, he goes through the initiation ceremonies to become an adult. The Emperor again... (full context)
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...daughter to one of the Minister of the Left's sons to help smooth things over. Genji spends most of his time with the Emperor and not much with Aoi in Sanjō,... (full context)
Evening Faces
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One evening, when Genji is coming home from a visit at Rokujō, he stops to see his old nurse,... (full context)
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Genji enters Koremitsu's mother's home, where she has two other children and their spouses visiting. The... (full context)
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After Genji leaves, he examines the fan that holds the flower. He's intrigued by the poem on... (full context)
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Though Genji is sad, he stops thinking about the Lady of the Evening Faces as soon as... (full context)
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The Governor of Iyo returns to the city and immediately visits Genji. Though Genji tries to maintain his composure, he feels bad for the governor. He's upset... (full context)
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One morning, as the Rokujō Lady hastily sends Genji away, he asks her serving lady to sit with him for a moment to admire... (full context)
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Genji decides he must continue seeing the Lady of the Evening Faces. He becomes almost obsessed... (full context)
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In the fall, Genji wakes in the house of the Lady of the Evening Faces to the voices of... (full context)
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The villa is in disrepair, but Genji tries to speak of it as though it's all a grand adventure. The Lady of... (full context)
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Genji wakes up around noon and looks around the grounds, which are neglected and overgrown. He... (full context)
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Past midnight, Genji falls asleep and sees a beautiful woman suddenly appear by his pillow. The woman reprimands... (full context)
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When Genji returns to the room, he takes the Lady of the Evening Faces in his arms... (full context)
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Koremitsu finally arrives and Genji explains what happened. Koremitsu almost cries but composes himself and insists that what happened must... (full context)
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The only person Genji allows to visit him is Tō no Chūjō. Genji lies that he went to his... (full context)
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Genji insists that he must see the Lady of the Evening Faces one more time. Against... (full context)
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Genji spends the next three days sick in bed. The Emperor orders continuous prayers in various... (full context)
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Some evenings, Genji summons Ukon to talk. He asks her once why the Lady of the Evening Faces... (full context)
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Genji starts to suffer from repeated malaria attacks in the spring. None of the religious services... (full context)
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The sage explains that a bishop lives there. Genji believes he's not dressed well enough to call on the bishop, so he insists that... (full context)
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Genji suffers another malaria attack, so the sage tells him he needs to think of other... (full context)
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The sage asks that Genji stay the night as he believes Genji has been possessed by a hostile power. That... (full context)
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...the "tender grasses" will be properly nurtured. The bishop interrupts and tells the women that Genji is around. The nun lowers the blinds. Genji is thrilled with his discovery of Murasaki.... (full context)
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That night, as Genji sleeps, a messenger comes for Koremitsu and begs him to have Genji visit the bishop's... (full context)
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Feeling unwell, Genji watches a spring shower pass overhead and listens to the bishop's intonations. He can hear... (full context)
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Genji finds the nun intimidating but says that he feels a kinship with Murasaki, having lost... (full context)
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The bishop and the nun discuss Genji's proposal and decide that if he's still interested in five years, they can consider it... (full context)
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Immediately upon reaching the palace, Genji looks in on the Emperor. The Emperor vows to promote the sage for his good... (full context)
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Genji lies in bed and thinks of Murasaki. He recognizes that she's too young for him... (full context)
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Genji sends Koremitsu up the mountain to speak with Shōnagon. Koremitsu explains how serious Genji is,... (full context)
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Fujitsubo falls ill and goes home to spend time with her family. Genji feels bad momentarily for the Emperor, but he soon starts planning how he can see... (full context)
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...but this leads the Emperor to send constant messengers, which make Fujitsubo feel even worse. Genji begins having bad dreams that he consults a soothsayer about, and the soothsayer suggests he... (full context)
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When Genji learns that the nun is now living in the city, he begins to write her... (full context)
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Genji reminds the nun that he's entirely serious about taking custody of Murasaki, insisting that their... (full context)
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The next day, Genji sends a note asking after the nun and includes a note for Murasaki, written in... (full context)
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Over the next month, Genji gets caught up in court events and doesn't ask after the nun for a while.... (full context)
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...tells her that a gentleman is visiting. She races out, believing she'll see her father. Genji admits he's not her father but says he's just as important. He calls Murasaki to... (full context)
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Genji prepares to leave just before dawn. He tells Shōnagon that he must bring Murasaki to... (full context)
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Prince Hyōbu visits Murasaki later that day and comes to the same conclusion Genji did: Murasaki shouldn't live in the sad and gloomy house. Shōnagon asks that they wait... (full context)
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Koremitsu again relays this to Genji, who is at Aoi's house in Sanjō, bored as usual. Genji decides he must swear... (full context)
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...Prince Hyōbu will be upset, but she feels she has to remain loyal to Murasaki. Genji has Koremitsu set up screens and makes Murasaki lie down with him to sleep. Shōnagon... (full context)
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...the palace, though she still sometimes cries for the nun. She becomes very fond of Genji and Genji of her. He thinks of her as a toy to play with and... (full context)
An Autumn Excursion
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...full rehearsal at the palace so that the ladies can watch. Tō no Chūjō and Genji dance "Waves of the Blue Ocean," and though Tō no Chūjō is a fine dancer,... (full context)
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The next morning, Genji sends Fujitsubo a letter asking if she could sense his feelings for her through his... (full context)
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Fujitsubo goes home to her family. Genji tries to see her, but his in-laws criticize him for this. He also has to... (full context)
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Finally, Genji is able to visit Fujitsubo. Omyōbu and other ladies in waiting receive him, but Fujitsubo... (full context)
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...continues to marvel at where her life is taking her. Though she worries some that Genji isn't as attentive to Murasaki as he could be, Murasaki's future seems secure. Murasaki's mourning... (full context)
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Genji heads to Sanjō to visit Aoi. He suggests that for the new year, she could... (full context)
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...ill but finally, at the end of February, she finally gives birth to her and Genji’s son (Reizei). Not wanting to give Kokiden the satisfaction of seeing her die, her will... (full context)
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In April, Reizei is finally brought to the palace. He looks amazingly like Genji, which thrills the Emperor. He dotes on the baby and names him crown prince, regretting... (full context)
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Upon his return to the palace, Genji sends a long letter with carnations to Omyōbu to give to Fujitsubo, but Fujitsubo instructs... (full context)
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Murasaki is suddenly forlorn, so Genji asks her if she misses him while he's gone. He explains that he misses her... (full context)
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Those at the Minister of the Left and Aoi's house think it's odd that Genji is spending so much time with his mysterious lady. They gossip that he must have... (full context)
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The narrator notes that the Emperor still keeps pretty women around and Genji smiles and jokes with most of them. One woman, Naishi, piques Genji's interest: she's sixty... (full context)
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Naishi and Genji chat for a while and she attempts to convince him to visit her in private.... (full context)
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Tō no Chūjō believes that Genji's normal self-righteousness and sense of propriety is surely hiding something incriminating. Discovering Genji with Naishi,... (full context)
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The next morning, Genji wakes to an angry note from Naishi about being abandoned along with packages containing several... (full context)
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...years experience (Kokiden) for someone else. On the night that Fujitsubo makes her formal appearance, Genji is distraught. He knows this title bump will mean that she'll be out of his... (full context)
The Festival of the Cherry Blossoms
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...of the cherry blossoms. He seats Fujitsubo and Reizei on one side of him and Genji on the other, which makes Kokiden extremely angry. Her anger doesn't manage to ruin the... (full context)
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The Emperor arranges a concert as well. Genji performs part of "Spring Warbler," and Tō no Chūjō performs "Garden of Willows and Flowers."... (full context)
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After the festivities end, a slightly drunk Genji prowls through the ladies' apartments to see if Fujitsubo left her door open for him.... (full context)
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After he leaves, Genji reasons that Oborozukiyo must be one of Kokiden's younger sisters. He thinks through the sisters,... (full context)
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Genji wonders if the Minister of the Right might accept him into the family because of... (full context)
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Aoi keeps Genji waiting, so Genji fiddles with a koto. The Minister of the Left congratulates Genji on... (full context)
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...father, the Minister of the Right, wants to give her to Suzaku in mere months. Genji wants to figure out who she is, but he's afraid of getting involved with such... (full context)
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The daughters trail their sleeves out from under the curtains. Genji playfully asks the women to hide him, and they respond in a similarly playful manner.... (full context)
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Around this time, the Emperor abdicates and Suzaku takes the throne. With this, Genji finds that he has to be extra discreet with his romances. This means he has... (full context)
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...in emperor. Her young daughter, Akikonomu, is appointed high priestess of the Ise Shrine. Because Genji no longer shows her reliable affection and because of Akikonomu's youth, the Rokujō lady decides... (full context)
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...do little to make matters better; in fact, they instigate a number of rumors instead. Genji makes it seem as though he's leaving the Rokujō lady alone because she wants to... (full context)
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...despite not decorating her carriages. She considers going home but decides to wait and see Genji go by. He doesn't even look at her as he passes, making her feel even... (full context)
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Genji finds out about the carriage debacle later. He feels horrible for the Rokujō lady and... (full context)
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Genji's carriage can barely find a place. Eventually, a lady dangles her fan out of a... (full context)
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...but she fears that people in the city will laugh at her if she stays. Genji attempts to convince her to stay, but his notes only make her sadder and angrier.... (full context)
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Genji disguises himself and visits the Rokujō Lady at her new house. He explains Aoi's illness... (full context)
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...that nobody will like her if this is true and vows to not think about Genji anymore. (full context)
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...to attempt to exorcise the evil spirit, but it won't move. Finally, Aoi calls for Genji. Everyone else leaves them alone as Genji looks at his wife. He takes her hand... (full context)
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...much she washes, her clothes smell like the poppy seeds that are burned at exorcisms. Genji remains horrified that he heard the Rokujō Lady speak to him through Aoi and he... (full context)
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The Minister of the Left and Genji both leave for court. Not long after, a messenger arrives at court with the message... (full context)
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Genji attempts to contact the Rokujō Lady, but she refuses to answer. Weeks later, Genji receives... (full context)
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Genji stays in seclusion for seven weeks, though Tō no Chūjō visits often. They laugh about... (full context)
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Genji composes a note to Princess Asagao telling her of his grief. She replies that she's... (full context)
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After his time in seclusion, Genji returns to court. He leaves notes for Princess Omiya and says goodbye to the Minister... (full context)
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Genji visits the Emperor at the palace and then calls on Fujitsubo. She sends out condolences... (full context)
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Genji returns at noon and invites Murasaki to play a game, but she pulls the covers... (full context)
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It comes to Kokiden's attention that her sister Oborozukiyo seems to be pining for Genji. The Minister of the Right isn't particularly upset about this since Genji's attentions are clearly... (full context)
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On New Year's Day, Genji visits the Emperor and then goes to see the Minister of the Left. He's thrilled... (full context)
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The Rokujō Lady grows more and more despondent. Genji stops visiting altogether and so she decides to accompany Akikonomu to Ise. Genji is sad... (full context)
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At dawn, Genji takes the Rokujō Lady's hand and professes his love. She expresses sadness that she's leaving... (full context)
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...and in the evening, the procession of carriages leaves for Ise. As the procession passes Genji's mansion, he sends out a poem asking the Rokujō Lady if she'll regret her decision.... (full context)
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...court begins to fear for the Emperor's health. He begs Suzaku to be good to Genji and to ask Genji for advice. Suzaku agrees to follow his father's wishes. Reizei also... (full context)
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...horrible to live with, so Prince Hyōbu arrives to take her home. The prince and Genji exchange poems about their grief before the procession leaves for Sanjō. Genji grieves into the... (full context)
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With the Emperor gone, Kokiden sets about making Genji's life miserable, as she and the Minister of the Right haven't forgotten that the Minister... (full context)
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Genji and Oborozukiyo continue their romance and one evening, she invites him to her chambers. Near... (full context)
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...of what might happen if the truth were to get out. She's also unhappy that Genji is still in love with her. One day, he manages to get close to her.... (full context)
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By evening, Fujitsubo is feeling better, so Prince Hyōbu leaves. Genji slips out of the closet and watches Fujitsubo for a moment. He marvels at how... (full context)
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Distraught, Genji leaves and vows to make Fujitsubo feel sorry for him. He locks himself away and... (full context)
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Genji ignores Reizei to punish Fujitsubo for her "cruelty." He attempts to avoid gossip by spending... (full context)
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Genji also writes to Princess Asagao and asks to visit. Her response is cryptic though her... (full context)
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Genji returns to court to call on the Suzaku Emperor. Suzaku is aware that Genji is... (full context)
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Because of the climate at court, Genji stops writing to Oborozukiyo. Eventually, she writes him a poem expressing her sadness that he... (full context)
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When the ceremony is over, Genji goes to speak to Fujitsubo. He's angry that she surprised them all, but Fujitsubo sends... (full context)
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Genji wonders what will happen to Reizei all night. In the morning, he throws himself into... (full context)
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...devotes herself to prayer and reminds herself that Reizei's security is the most important thing. Genji, the Minister of the Left, and Tō no Chūjō are also slighted when the promotions... (full context)
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...evening, Tō no Chūjō brings a collection of Chinese poetry with him when he visits Genji. Genji pulls out his own volumes and sends invitations out for a poetry rhyming contest... (full context)
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...so goes to spend time with her family. As she improves, she arranges to see Genji. They begin seeing each other every night. Genji takes great care to sneak in and... (full context)
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The Minister of the Right lifts the curtains again and sees Genji in Oborozukiyo's bed, half undressed. The minister angrily leaves and Genji fears that this will... (full context)
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After the Emperor's death, one of his ladies, Reikeiden, had been forgotten by everyone but Genji. One evening in summer, he decides to visit her and her younger sister. On his... (full context)
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Genji feels as though his life is an endless stream of unhappiness. He deliberates about removing... (full context)
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Genji visits the Minister of the Left. All the women of the house gather with Yugiri... (full context)
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The women at the mansion are all awake and crying. Genji looks around and realizes that all of the beauty of the mansion will crumble in... (full context)
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Because Genji keeps getting notes from Reikeiden and the Lady of the Orange Blossoms, he decides to... (full context)
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After this, Genji heads home and delegates the household affairs to trusted men, packs a few things he'll... (full context)
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The night before Genji leaves, he visits the Emperor's grave and but stops in first to see Fujitsubo. They... (full context)
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Genji spends the day with Murasaki and at nightfall, he asks her to see him off.... (full context)
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As the seasons pass, Genji thinks often of Murasaki, Reizei, and Yugiri. He sends letters to Murasaki, Fujitsubo, and Oborozukiyo.... (full context)
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Genji even resumes correspondence with the Rokujō Lady. He's entranced by her calligraphy and her five-page... (full context)
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...to help her and the Suzaku Emperor forgives her for her offense in sleeping with Genji. They begin to see each other romantically, though Suzaku is annoyed that she seems caught... (full context)
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When autumn arrives, Genji feels as though the ocean is right outside his window. One night, he weeps and... (full context)
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One evening, Genji admires the flowers in the garden and the coast in the distance. He recites a... (full context)
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...Suma by boat with his daughters. He has the Gosechi dancer with him, one of Genji's former lovers. The viceroy and Genji exchange letters and poems and Genji and the Gosechi... (full context)
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Back in the city, everyone grieves Genji's exile. The Suzaku Emperor and Genji continue to exchange poems, which sends Kokiden into a... (full context)
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...father replies and invites Yoshikiyo to visit. He refuses. The former governor, upon learning that Genji is in Suma, tells his wife that they must offer Genji the Akashi lady instead... (full context)
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As spring arrives in Suma, Genji looks at the blossoms on the cherry tree he planted and thinks of the festivals... (full context)
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In March, Genji decides to go down and look at the shore. He asks a soothsayer to perform... (full context)
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The storms continue for several days. Genji knows that if he were to return to the city because of the storms, he'd... (full context)
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Genji and his men return to the main house. The damage is ugly, the house is... (full context)
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...and a strange wind blew them to the Suma coast. Yoshikiyo relays this story to Genji, and Genji believes the gods are offering to help him. He sends a message back... (full context)
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The Akashi coast is gorgeous. The former governor installs Genji in a house on the beach, and the narrator notes that the governor's women live... (full context)
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...for the Akashi Lady might be realized. The Akashi Lady herself is in awe of Genji, but feels her attraction is inappropriate. As spring truly arrives, Genji continues to receive notes... (full context)
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Genji is very interested in hearing the Akashi Lady play. He asks the former governor to... (full context)
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The next afternoon, Genji sends a note on saffron paper to the Akashi Lady. The former governor insists she... (full context)
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Genji spends much of his time thinking of the city and Murasaki. However, he reasons that... (full context)
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As colder weather arrives, Genji begins to ask the former governor if he could bring the Akashi Lady to visit... (full context)
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Finally, one night, the former governor arranges for Genji to visit the Akashi Lady's house. Looking at the moon, Genji thinks of Murasaki, but... (full context)
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Genji sends her a note in the morning. Every so often, he secretly visits the Akashi... (full context)
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Genji starts keeping sketchbooks of his time in Akashi. He sends them to Murasaki. When the... (full context)
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Genji's men are thrilled to be leaving, but Genji is sad. He wonders why he continues... (full context)
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On the last morning, Genji sends the Akashi Lady a regretful poem, and he cries as he writes it. Those... (full context)
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The reunion when Genji reaches the city is joyful. Murasaki is more beautiful than ever, though the sight of... (full context)
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Though Kokiden is seriously ill, she's still very angry that she hasn't crushed Genji yet. Suzaku feels as though he's paying for going against the Emperor's wishes. His health... (full context)
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Genji begins to remodel an inherited house for his "neglected favorites" such as the Lady of... (full context)
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Genji dedicates himself to finding an appropriate nurse for his daughter. He finds one poor woman... (full context)
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Finally, Genji tells Murasaki about his daughter, lamenting that he doesn't have children where he actually wants... (full context)
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Genji begins to regret that he didn't bring the Akashi Lady to the city to give... (full context)
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Because Genji is now so important, he has little time to visit his other lovers. When the... (full context)
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At the palace, everyone is happy. Suzaku enjoys his retirement, Genji has moved into his mother the Paulownia Lady's old rooms, and Fujitsubo is treated with... (full context)
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In the fall, Genji makes a pilgrimage to the Sumiyoshi shrine. By chance, the Akashi Lady travels there on... (full context)
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Genji has no idea about any of this, but he's very upset when he learns the... (full context)
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...Lady and Akikonomu return to the city. The Rokujō Lady decides not to call on Genji and he believes he has no time to pursue her anyway, though he is still... (full context)
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A week later, the Rokujō Lady dies. Genji arranges the funeral and writes several notes to Akikonomu. The relationship makes her wary, but... (full context)
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Genji consults Fujitsubo in the matter, and she suggests that Genji pretend to not know that... (full context)
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Fujitsubo desperately wants Akikonomu to come to court. Genji has decided to not bring Akikonomu to his own house as to not anger Suzaku,... (full context)
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Genji helps install Akikonomu at court and feels the Rokujō Lady would be proud. Fujitsubo tells... (full context)
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...them but is sad when Tō no Chūjō won't let Akikonomu look at the paintings. Genji ransacks his art collection and sends Reizei a number of paintings to do with what... (full context)
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Genji notices the contest and suggests that Reizei should be present for the final judgments. The... (full context)
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...final contest is arranged. The ladies' chambers are elegantly decked out and Tō no Chūjō, Genji, and other courtiers attend. Reizei asks Prince Hotaru, his uncle, to act as umpire. The... (full context)
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Before daybreak, Genji becomes melancholy. He says that as a child, he excelled in painting without having to... (full context)
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The court turns to examining Genji's journals and Genji gives his paintings to Fujitsubo, promising to one day tell her everything.... (full context)