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第十節 Sec. 10

 Manju and Karaito were continuing their conversation: changes in the hometown, life of their relatives, and then Karaito even changed a word with Sarashina. Thereafter, Manju sold her clothes and served her mother in a stealthy manner. During the meantime, there was a strange thing happened at Yoritomo's house. In the room where ceremonies took place, young pine trees sprang up from borders of a tatami mat.

 Yoritomo is puzzled by an abnormal phenomenon, and sought for an advice. In side of the Lion Hall, small pine tree branches grown from an edge of tatami mats. In the story, a clear number of the trees was told, but the picture did not carry it out in particular. The one invited to tell the fortune was Abe no Nakamochi, a master of Yin Yang astronomy. In front of him, a book of augury and a set of divining blocks were spread out.


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 The most part of this section was on the conversations between Karaito and Manju, and then with Sarashina. Karaito's words to praise Sarashina were unique, presents an example to understand the morality between a master and servants. Following that, Manju took an action to help her mother by selling her clothes. This was also unexpected, and brought to the contemporary readers a sense of social life in the time of the story.

Karaito Soshi, National Diet Library

唐糸草紙(国会図書館蔵)三十五ゥ Karaito Soshi, National Diet Library, 35b