The Tale of Genji

Omyōbu is Fujitsubo's serving lady. The two are initially very close, but Omyōbu goes against Fujitsubo's wishes to arrange meetings between Fujitsubo and Genji. This results in Genji raping Fujitsubo and Fujitsubo becoming pregnant with Reizei. When Omyōbu remains sympathetic to Genji despite her lady's crushing anxiety about the whole thing, Fujitsubo begins to treat Omyōbu coldly. Later, Omyōbu feels responsible for the fact that Fujitsubo, Reizei, and Genji don't live quiet and happy lives.

Omyōbu Quotes in The Tale of Genji

The The Tale of Genji quotes below are all either spoken by Omyōbu or refer to Omyōbu. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Tale of Genji published in 1976.
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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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Omyōbu Character Timeline in The Tale of Genji

The timeline below shows where the character Omyōbu appears in The Tale of Genji. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Women, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
...can see Fujitsubo. He spends his days alone and, in the evenings, asks her maid Omyōbu to pass notes and arrange a meeting. Miraculously, Omyōbu is able to arrange one. Fujitsubo... (full context)
Women, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
The Parent-Child Relationship Theme Icon
...becomes clear that she's pregnant. Her attendants find her unwillingness to inform the Emperor strange. Omyōbu allows the Emperor to believe that a spirit is possessing Fujitsubo, but this leads the... (full context)
An Autumn Excursion
The Parent-Child Relationship Theme Icon
Finally, Genji is able to visit Fujitsubo. Omyōbu and other ladies in waiting receive him, but Fujitsubo herself won't see him. Prince Hyōbu... (full context)
Women, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
...lot like Genji, and Fujitsubo feels guilty and afraid that this will out her secret. Omyōbu refuses to help Genji see the baby or Fujitsubo, though she tells Genji that everyone... (full context)
Women, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
The Parent-Child Relationship Theme Icon
Upon his return to the palace, Genji sends a long letter with carnations to Omyōbu to give to Fujitsubo, but Fujitsubo instructs Omyōbu to reply with something short. Fujitsubo does,... (full context)
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Women, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
The Parent-Child Relationship Theme Icon
...the Emperor at the palace and then calls on Fujitsubo. She sends out condolences through Omyōbu. Genji then visits Murasaki and tells her that now she'll surely get bored of him.... (full context)
The Sacred Tree
Women, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
...shocked at how hard she resists him but refuses to leave, even when dawn comes. Omyōbu pushes Genji into a closet to hide him and calls for Prince Hyōbu and priests. (full context)
Women, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
The Parent-Child Relationship Theme Icon
Nature, Poetry, and Beauty Theme Icon
...he finds her very pleasing. He sends some branches of autumn leaves to Fujitsubo and Omyōbu, apologizing for his neglect. Fujitsubo blushes when she discovers a tightly folded note hidden in... (full context)
The Parent-Child Relationship Theme Icon
...speak to Fujitsubo. He's angry that she surprised them all, but Fujitsubo sends notes through Omyōbu that she didn't want to attract attention. Because there are others around, Genji can't tell... (full context)
Women, Sex, and Power Theme Icon
Nature, Poetry, and Beauty Theme Icon
...night. In the morning, he throws himself into getting the nunnery ready for Fujitsubo and Omyōbu, who also decided to take vows. He and Fujitsubo see each other more often, though... (full context)
Suma
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...daybreak, Genji sends a farewell message with a cherry branch to Reizei. The prince asks Omyōbu to send back a note that he'll be very sad that his father is gone.... (full context)