WEEK 14, CHAPTER 14: THE PILGRIMAGE TO SUMIYOSHI
Back in most everyone’s good graces, and back at court, Genji is 28/29 and now Palace Minister. The Emperor decides it’s time to abdicate which makes Genji’s son the Emperor. The Lady Akashi has delivered a baby girl, thus fulfilling a prophecy that Genji would father 2 boys and a girl, all of whom will attain high office. The Rokujo Lady is taken ill and she elicits a promise from Genji that he will not think of her daughter (‘the former High Priestess of Ise’, who has now fulfilled her duties and is back in the world) in that way’, but will protect her. He thought of her in that way the first time he saw her. Bur he promises.
It’s humorous how he goes back and forth. I’m sure he’ll find a way to convince himself that he owes it to her – and himself – to forget the promise to Rokujo who dies at the end of the chapter.