Genji’s character is one who has a lot of lust for women. He is an attractive and charming man. He also has a high social status and is a little arrogant because of it. He thinks that he can get whatever he what’s in a way. My opinion of him is he is somewhat of a ladies’ man.
He is intimate with The Lady of Evening Faces. He has an affair with locust shell; the step daughter of the governor’s wife, whom he is also attracted to. She is called the lady of the locust shell. She was not as attracted to him as he is to her. She is kind of cold towards him after their affair.He was married to Aoi, his first wife; she bears a son to him and dies shortly later. She is his arranged marriage. Although they are married he doesn’t have a strong connection with her as he does with the lady of evening faces.
He is really only attracted to the lady of evening faces because she has a strong resemblance to his mother. He has a strong relationship with her also because she bears a son to him. Koremitsu doesn’t mind so much that Genji has a wondering eye. She thinks that’s what comes with being attractive. “Koremitsu’s view was that while Genji was undeniably someone the whole world took seriously, his youth and the fact that women found him attractive was not realistic to hold that certain people were beyond temptation.”
There was also To No Chujo. She was one of his mistresses he was interested in because of her personality. She is childlike and quiet, although they were of different classes. He also liked her for her appearance: “She was pretty and fragile in a soft, modest cloak of lavender and a lined white robe. She had no single feature struck him as especially beautiful, and yet, slender and fragile, she seemed so delicately beautiful that he was almost afraid to hear her voice. He might have wished her to be a little more assertive, but he wanted only to be near her, and yet nearer.”
There was also the lady of Orange Blossoms. His relationship with her was mainly to keep her from being lonely. Fujitsubo had the most affairs with him and kept their love affair secret. Murasaki is the ten year old girl who he is going to be a father figure to but ends up falling in love with her later. She is the most meaningful relationship he has in the story and he marries her towards the end. This was an interesting read full of colorful characters and love affairs.