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185. It Is Getting So Dark
I am the sort of person who approves of what others abhor and detests the things they like.
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In life there are two things which are dependable. The pleasures of the flesh and the pleasures of literature.

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There is nothing in the whole world so painful as feeling that one is not liked.

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If writing did not exist, what terrible depressions we should suffer from.

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64. Surprising and Distressing Things
While one is cleaning a decorative comb, something catches in the teeth and the comb breaks.
A carriage overturns. One would have imagined that such a solid, bulky object would remain forever on its wheels. It all seems like a dream
astonishing and senseless.
A child or grown-up blurts out something that is bound to make people uncomfortable.
All night long one has been waiting for a man who one thought was sure to arrive. At dawn, just when one has forgotten about him for a moment and dozed off, a crow caws loudly. One wakes up with a start and sees that it is daytime
most astonishing.
One of the bowmen in an archery contest stands trembling for a long time before shooting; when finally he does release his arrow, it goes in the wrong direction.

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185. It Is Getting So Dark
I am the sort of person who approves of what others abhor and detests the things they like.

— Sei Shōnagon

It was a clear, moonlit night a little after the tenth of the Eighth Month. Her Majesty, who was residing in the Empress's Office, sat by the edge of the veranda while Ukon no Naishi played the flute for her. The other ladies in attendance sat together, talking and laughing; but I stayed by myself, leaning against one of the pillars between the main hall and the veranda.
'Why so silent?' said Her Majesty. 'Say something. It is sad when you do not speak.'
'I am gazing at the autumn moon,' I replied.
'Ah yes,' she remarked. 'That is just what you should have said.

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How ever did I pass
the time before I knew you?
I think of that past time
as now I pass each passing day
in lonely sorrow, lacking you.

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Lighting some fine incense and then lying down alone to sleep. Looking into a Chinese mirror that's a little clouded.

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8. The Cat Who Lived in the Palace
The cat who lived in the Palace had been awarded the head-dress of nobility and was called Lady Myobu.

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A palm-leaf carriage should move slowly, or else it loses its dignity.

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185. It Is Getting So Dark
Whatever people may think of my book, I still regret that it ever came to light.

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30. Insects
The fly should have been included in my list of hateful things; for such an odious creature does not belong with ordinary insects ...

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25. Flowering trees
The blossom of the pear tree is the most prosaic, vulgar thing in the world. The less one sees this particular blossom the better ...

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I do wish men, when they're taking their leave from a lady at dawn, wouldn't insist on adjusting their clothes to a nicety, or fussily tying their lacquered cap securely into place. After all, who would laugh at a man or criticize him if they happened to catch sight of him on his way home from an assignation in fearful disarray, with his cloak or hunting costume all awry?

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