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第二節 Sec. 2

 Lady Karaito is a servant, and her father, Tezuka no Mitsumori, is a warrior leader under Yoshinaka. Overheard Yoritomo's plan, Karaitoimmediately sent a letter to the capital. In the letter, Karaito promised to assassinate Yoritomo if her father could be rewarded accordingly. Yoshinaka replied with a dagger of his heirloom as the weapon, and further offered that he would have Karaito as hisown wife is the assassination being accomplished.

 A palace in the capital. In the center, there is Yoshinaka who has forced the Heike out of the city. Facing him, Tezuka brought in the letter from his daughter. It is rather difficult to tell what Yoshinaka feels from his face, under tension or relieved. The dagger cannot be located here neither.


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 The picture turns a spotlight on the very last moment of the story in this section. Here, the four men outside the room are rather confusing. Are they waiting for the next meeting with Yoshinaka, or being asked to avoid a secret discussion? The story described a man who carried the letter after a long journey and there is no clue about him. Furthermore, the item in Yoshinaka's hand is mysterious. It could be the letter in discussion, but looks like a fan grasped by a wrong end.

Karaito Soshi, National Diet Library

唐糸草紙(国会図書館蔵)二ゥ Karaito Soshi, National Diet Library, 2b