She talked to me about the relentless cycle of life and death, causing me to consider remaining in the cloister for a while. But realizing that it was not in my nature to quietly devote myself to scholarly pursuits, and aware of the unending confusion that still dwelled in my heart, I decided to leave. [4.21]

sad girl

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From The Confessions of Lady Nijō, translated by Karen Brazell - About this site