• Shonagon describes the four seasons and the time of day she enjoys most for each of the seasons.
• The story of a woman striking a man with a gruel stick during the festival of the full-moon gruel is recounted.
• Shonagon notes that women who are hit with gruel sticks get upset and cry, but the men laugh when they are hit and think it is fun.
• Spring is described as a lovely time with new animals and beautiful blossoms.
• In the spring a festival is held for which everyone is clean and dressed in their finest clothes, which Shonagon enjoys greatly.
• Shonagon mentions the different ways people speak, such as priests, men and women, and common people.
• Priests are described as having a difficult life and Shonagon expresses her opinion that parents should not want to raise their sons to be priests.
• The Empress moves to...
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