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The Tale of Genji - Study Guide Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 11 Summary

Genji is in trouble with the Suzaku emperor and his most important Minister, but he is not entirely centered on his own worries. In fact, a chance encounter at court leads him to think about Reikeiden, one of the former emperor's ladies, and her younger sister. Knowing that the younger sister is in difficult circumstances following the former emperor's death, Genji pays her a visit to see if there is something he can do for her.

Once Genji arrives at her house, he speaks with Reikeiden for a long time, sharing memories with her. Then, after enjoying the company of this accomplished, sensitive woman, he walks out. As he does, he chances to see Reikeiden's younger sister. Seeing the young woman, Genji ponders over the way that women can change and that a casual relationship can be much easier than a passionate one.

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