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第三節 Sec. 3

 Karaito carries the dagger all the time, seeking any possible chance to assassinate Yoritomo. Sadly while serving at an event of a herbal bath, this secret was discovered by Tsuchiya no Motosuke, and the dagger was brought to Yoritomo.

 Yoritomo was surprised by this report. The gathering of the people in the room all realized the seriousness of this incident, and Tsuchiya simply told the entire circumstance without caring much on who is listening. On this scene, again, the very evidence of a dagger cannot be found.


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 Reading this section carefully, one may find that the way of a report by Tsuchiya was rather unique. While telling a big secret, Tsuchiya was able to point out the reason for such a plot immediately, and freely challenged Yoritomo, his own master, being such careless. Needless to say, it made the story explicit and easy to understand.

Karaito Soshi, Waseda University Library

唐糸草紙(早稲田大学図書館蔵)第五段 Karaito Soshi, Waseda University Library, no. 5

Karaito Soshi, National Diet Library

唐糸草紙(国会図書館蔵)八ゥ Karaito Soshi, National Diet Library, 8b