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The Tale of Genji - Chapter 31 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 31 Summary

Before Tamakazura leaves for court, she does the unexpected and marries General Higekuro. Higekuro has not had experience with any woman besides his current wife for a long time and, now that he is visiting Tamakazura at Rokujo, he is unsure of how to handle himself around his new bride. Genji is unhappy with the match, since he wanted to keep Tamakazura at Rokujo in hopes of making her one of his consorts but there is nothing he can do to stop the wedding, so he gives it his blessing.

Unfortunately, Higekuro's first wife poses a problem to the marriage. An evil spirit has infected her and this has made her prone to bouts of unexpected and overwhelming rage. This erratic behavior was what has ruined their marriage and makes him decide to look toward Tamakazura. Unfortunately, the evil spirit also makes it hard for the first...

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