The Second Month had come, and plum trees in bloom and in bud receded into a delicate mist. Catching the bird song of a warbler in the rose plum that had been Murasaki’s especial favorite, Genji went out to the veranda.‘The warbler has come again. It does not know That the mistress of its tree is here no more.’ – Chapter 41, “The Wizard,” The Tale of Genji
CHAPTER 41 Summary
After the death of his beloved Murasaki, her season, spring, becomes an unbearable reminder of her to Genji. His life and fortune are now in decline.
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