This is a rewriting of several previously written short stories, into a long essay for a new group of readers.
Yet, the resulting long story is equal to or even better than the short stories for me.
Such leisure elegance , esp the simple pure naive 博雅, is always the highlight of this book. Its only available in a prolonged stability and affluence in world of nobles. In Chinese history, the closest was the world depicted in 世說新語 during 南北朝. It is really wonderful to read and immerse in such a graceful world.
The grace of Yin gentle ladies when disappointed mutate into such horrifying jealousy and hatred is also unique to Japanese stories. Of the common Chinese novels , it is only in 馬夫人 of 天龍八部 that is of this psychopathic grade.
Such a magnitude of Yin was natural in chinese ladies of ancient world, but for Japanese, man or woman, such yin is just natural and everywhere. Of course, it is far stronger in our Japanese ladies. It seems that those of South East Asia like Thailand and Indonesia is far more extreme and profound, may be part of the reason why witchcraft with insects were so famous in the South East Asia , and minority race ladies in Hunan and Yunnan.
The Holmes-Watson like friendship of 博雅 and 晴明 is always so entertaining, forming the main backbone of the series.
道滿 is one I like most. He is the most Chinese taoist like, I guess the prototype may be Yuan Siutin in Drunken Boxing.
Finally, who is the first lover of 德子姬? Is it 博雅? If really so then it is really a sad story for the slow , silent 'politeness' of both sides.