The Pillow Book of Sei Sh¯onagon, Translated [from the Japanese] and Edited by Ivan Morris - Study Guide Sections 37-51 Summary & Analysis

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In Section 37 Shonagon talks about how hateful it is when a well-bred young man addresses a woman of lower rank in a casual way that lets everyone know that he is familiar with her. Section 38 expresses the opinion that babies and small children should be plump. Section 39 is about the clothing of servants. Shonagon believes that the appearance of servants reflects on their masters.

In Section 40 Shonagon writes about two little boys that she sees while traveling in her carriage one day. She says she would like to have stopped the carriage and taken them home with her. Section 41 is similar. Shonagon is riding in her carriage when she sees a charming scene. This time, instead of little boys, Shonagon sees a beautiful kitchen-maid asking if Lord So-and-so's attendants had arrived.

Section 42 is a list of herbs and shrubs such as sweet rush, nut-grass, sage...

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