The bishop lives on the mountain near the sage and asks Genji to call on him when he realizes Genji is in the neighborhood. Though the bishop shows Genji a great deal of hospitality, he also is very firm in telling Genji that he absolutely cannot have control of Murasaki. However, after the nun dies, the bishop is either unable or unwilling to continue to protect Murasaki, though he remains in contact with Genji to keep up on Murasaki's whereabouts.
The Bishop Character Timeline in The Tale of Genji
The timeline below shows where the character The Bishop appears in The Tale of Genji. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...nun and Shōnagon exchange poems hoping that the "tender grasses" will be properly nurtured. The bishop interrupts and tells the women that Genji is around. The nun lowers the blinds. Genji... (full context)
...to speak with Shōnagon. Koremitsu explains how serious Genji is, but the nun and the bishop continue to think his interest will be fleeting. Genji sends another note for Murasaki with... (full context)
...serving ladies can only tell him that Shōnagon spirited her away. He writes to the bishop and receives no information there. Murasaki continues to settle in at the palace, though she... (full context)