The Pillow Book of Sei Sh¯onagon, Translated [from the Japanese] and Edited by Ivan Morris - Sections 70-84 Summary & Analysis

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Sections 70-84 Summary

In Section 70 the Empress's sister, Lady of the Shigei Sha, arrives at the palace for a visit. In the guest's honor, the rooms in the Empress's apartments are decorated more beautifully than normal. Shonagon is very curious about Shigei Sha. She wants to know if Shigei Sha could possibly be as beautiful as the Empress. When Shonagon finally gets to see her, she discovers that the sisters are both very beautiful, and she enjoys listening to them converse with each other so amiably.

Section 71 is a brief section about a poem Shonagon writes in response to a message from Kinto, the Imperial Advisor. Section 72 makes fun of Masahiro, telling a story about him eating a dish of beans behind a screen while he thinks no one is paying attention. In Section 73, Shonagon tells of her pilgrimage to Hase Temple. The courtiers who make the pilgrimage...

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