Koremitsu is one of Genji's personal attendants, whom he often sends on missions to find information on Genji's various lovers or to carry messages when Genji is trying to woo women. Koremitsu finds much of this annoying. He does accompany Genji into exile and is instrumental in helping Genji gather the information necessary to kidnap Murasaki.
Koremitsu Quotes in The Tale of Genji
The The Tale of Genji quotes below are all either spoken by Koremitsu or refer to Koremitsu. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Tale of Genji published in 1976.).
Koremitsu Character Timeline in The Tale of Genji
The timeline below shows where the character Koremitsu appears in The Tale of Genji. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the fan, which is written in a cursive that implies "breeding and taste." He asks Koremitsu about the residents of the house. Though Koremitsu is annoyed, he asks around and discovers... (full context)
...to disguise himself, which both scares her and makes her suspect that Genji is actually Koremitsu. Genji spends his days fretting about what he'll do if she decides to move without... (full context)
...an "unexpected defilement." This means that Genji is unable to receive visitors, though he receives Koremitsu immediately when he arrives later. He explains that the Lady of the Evening Faces is... (full context)
The Festival of the Cherry Blossoms
...wonders whether he may have an opportunity to see Oborozukiyo in the daylight. He sends Koremitsu and another attendant, Yoshikiyo, to investigate. Their investigation turns up nothing useful. (full context)
...In the evening, Genji and Murasaki eat the traditional wedding sweets and after, he and Koremitsu make oblique references to consummating the marriage. Genji feels like a "child thief" and is... (full context)
The Orange Blossoms
...They listen to fishermen singing and geese honking overhead. The geese inspire poems from Genji, Koremitsu, and Yoshikiyo about the power of friendship. They stare at the moon and Genji cries... (full context)
...that "plebian life" is too dirty for her. Genji spends his winter playing music with Koremitsu and Yoshikiyo and thinks of Chinese literature telling of situations similar to his. He spends... (full context)