The Tale of Genji from Princesses to Pop

Chapter 5

“She had charming features, rich unplucked eyebrows, and lovely hair, which she had childishly brushed back from her forehead. … A sudden realization brought tears to [Genji’s] eyes: she bore a stunning resemblance to the lady for whom he yearned.” – Chapter Five, “Lavender,” The Tale of Genji

CHAPTER 5 Summary

Upon first observing her resemblance to his forbidden lover, Genji becomes determined to bring the young Murasaki into his household. Although his requests to take in the orphan are denied, Genji steals away with her anyway. She comes to live with him at Nijo Palace, where Genji oversees her education until eventually she becomes his beloved wife. 

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