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As a young upstart nobleman in the Heian Court keenly aware of the importance in your future career of the right connections to noblewoman from the right families I would seek to foster favorable opinions of myself among noblewomen in the Court There are many ways that would contribute to noblewoman from the Heian Court having favorable opinions of me I would be very respectful and courteous of the noblewoman as well as the ladies-in-waiting I would go out of my way to make them feel special as suggested by Sei Shonagon in The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon If one refers to the maidas Madam or that lady she will be surprised delighted and lavish in her praise p48 Morris In order to seek favorable opinions from the noblewomen of the Court I would also have an affair with one of them or one of the ladies-in-waiting This is because they will talk about our affair amongst themselves and possibly to Her Majesty who may then mention me to the Emperor It is important to treat these women if only through brief affairs with courtesy and adoration They are impressed by poetry and extra kindness and manners as described in The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon A good lover will behave as elegantly at dawn as at any other timegives a deep sigh when he is woken by the lady as if to say that the night ha not been nearly long enoughhe does not instantly pull on his trousers Instead he comes close to the lady and whispers whatever was left unsaid during the nighthe still lingershe tells herhe dreads the coming day which will keep them apart It is also important to send a letter to the lady following the night A young bachelorhaving spent the night in some amorous encounterstarts to write his next-morning letterwhat a charming figure p257 MorrisThe ladies-in-waiting and the noblewomen arent the only way
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