The Tale of Genji: A Novel in Six Parts, Volumes One and Two by Murasaki Shikibu, Arthur Waley

By Murasaki Shikibu, Arthur Waley

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The Emperor thought of the girl's mother in the house amid the thickets and wondered, makmg a poem of the thought, with what feelmgs she had watched the sinking of the autumn moon: 'for even Vle Men above the Clouds were weeping when it sank: He raised the torches high in their sockets and still sat up. But at last he heard VOIces cormng from the Watch House of the Right and knew that the hour of the Bull I had struck. Then, lest he should be seen, he went into his chamber. He found he could not sleep and was up before daybreak.

Some undergarments were hung out upon a large, warmly-quilted couch, the bed-hangings were drawn up, and I made sure that she was for some reason actually expecting me. "; and on questioning the maid I learnt that she had but that very night gone to her parents' home, leaving only a few necessary servants behind The fact that she had till now sent no poem or conciliarory message seemed to show some hardening of heart, and had already disquieted me. Now I began to fear that her accursed suspiciousness and Jealousy had but been a stratagem to make me grow weary of her, and though I could recall no further proof of this I fell Into great despair.

Now that he was a · man' he could no longer frequent the women's quarters as he had been wont to do. But sometimes when an entertainment was afoot he found comfort In hearing her voice dimly blending with the sound of zithern or flute and felt his grown-up existence to be unendurable. After an absence of five or six days he would occasionally spend two or three at hIS betrothed's house. His father-in-law attributing this negligence to his extreme youth was not at all perturbed and always received him warmly.

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