Tale of Genji: Week Seven, Book 7

BENEATH THE AUTUMN LEAVES

In the seventh chapter, the story turns to a celebration of the birth of a former Emperor. The former Emperor has a relationship to Genji: It’s either his grandfather of his grand-uncle. Is there such a thing? The gentleman is either 40 or 50 years old. These kinds of details seem unimportant. We get more precise information though, about our boy: picking up from the last chapter, it’s autumn, he’s eighteen and the story takes us through to nineteen. [more]

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