The Pillow Book of Sei Sh¯onagon, Translated [from the Japanese] and Edited by Ivan Morris - Study Guide Sections 13-24 Summary & Analysis

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Sections 13 and 14 are lists of depressing things and hateful things, respectively. Examples of Shonagon's depressing things include dull poems, howling dogs, and persistent rain. Hateful things include creaking carriage wheels, mice, fleas, and visits from men she would rather avoid.

Section 15 is a vignette about a lovely day when Shonagon overheard His Majesty playing the flute outside after a flute lesson. Shonagon hears the Emperor saying that nobody could possibly hear him play so he was going to really let himself go. Shonagon thinks this is most delightful.

Sections 16 and 17 are also lists. Section 16 describes things that make one's heart beat faster such as sleeping in a room where lovely incense is burning, watching babies play, and seeing a suitor arrive at one's house and ordering the servants to announce him. Section 17 lists things that evoke pleasant memories from the past such as a piece...

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