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A pictorial subject based on "The Flute" Yokobue, Chapter 37 of GENJI MONOGATARI Œ¹Ž•¨Œê (The Tale of Genji). The flute belonged to the late *Kashiwagi ”–Ø, actual father of Kaoru ŒO by the Third Princess, Onna San no Miya —ŽO‹{ (see *Wakana ŽáØ), Genji's wife and now a nun. Scenes chosen for illustration from this chapter include: the Third Princess receiving a letter with bamboo shoots and taro roots from her father, the retired Emperor Suzaku Žé, in the spring; the following scene, with the baby Kaoru teething on one of the bamboo shoots as Genji looks on; *Yuugiri —[–¶, Genji's son, meanwhile continues his restrained courting of Kashiwagi's widow, the Second Princess, Ochiba no Miya —Ž—t‹{, and one autumn evening, after listening to the Second Princess play the Chinese harp sou âµ and her mother the lute biwa ”ú”i, the princess gives him the late Kashiwagi's flute. Another scene (found in the earliest 12c illustrated version owned by the Tokugawa “¿ì Art Museum) depicts a whispered conversation between Yuugiri and his jealous wife Kumoi no kari ‰_ˆäŠå after Yuugiri's late night return from meeting Princess Ochiba which has disturbed the household. Kumoi no kari is calming one of their brood who is crying because his mother has no milk and cannot nurse him.
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