The Kagero Diary: A Woman's Autobiographical Text from Tenth-century... - Study Guide Book One: Pages 55 through 94 Summary & Analysis

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Michitsuna's Mother, (MM), the author of the diary, reflects on a disappointing relationship with her husband, Fujiwara Kaneie. MM is from middle-ranking aristocracy while Fujiwara is from a wealthier branch of the same family. Fujiwara begins courting the nineteen-year-old MM by sending her lyrical poetry by messenger and by boldly confronting her father about his intentions. MM tells her father the man is not suitable for her but that does not seem to matter. MM reluctantly begins responding to his messages and he replies quickly, abundantly and with great affection. MM remains remote and distant in her replies. The exchange of correspondence continues for months, with Fujiwara constantly pressuring MM for her affection.

When Fujiwara tries to visit MM but she is away in the mountains, he accuses her of hiding from him. Fujiwara begins to visit more often...

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