This week, I’m not going to have much of a post because I was sick for most of the week and my reading got very disjointed. I started the book, put it down for a few days and realized I had lost the thread of what was happening. At this point in the book, Yoshikawa is jumping around from person to person so I got a bit muddled. However, here are some key developments.
- We finally get an update on Jotaro, who has gotten himself mixed up in a plot against the shogun led by his adoptive father Daizo. Matahachi and Akemi are also duped into being a part of the conspiracy. Fortunately, Takuan steps in and helps sort things out without anyone losing their heads (literally).
- Musashi is wrongly jailed when he is arrested for a theft at a temple. Although this misunderstanding is cleared up and he supposed to get appointment as a tutor to the shogun, Osugi has been relentlessly spreading malicious gossip about Musashi. Osugi’s gossip costs Musashi the appointment, but he is secretly relieved as he was unsure the appointment was really the path he wanted to follow. After thanking his patrons and sponsors for their efforts on his behalf, he announces that he is going to live in the mountains for a few years to achieve spiritual balance. He leaves Iori in Gonnosuke’s care.
- At the end of the book, it is revealed that Otsu is Iori’s long-lost brother!
I don’t have much to say as I barely finished the reading for this week. I’m amazed that we’re almost at the end—just one more book to go! By the way, I dropped the book this week and it landed on my toe. OW! That hurt! A 970-page hardcover book feels a lot heavier than a softcover paperback.
And I had to share this depiction of Musashi that I found this week. It gave me a good chuckle.
If you wrote a post to link up this week, Mr. Linky is below. (By the way, to anyone still reading along, I salute you and thank you.) I’m looking forward to wrapping up this readalong next week! See you then; we’ll have to have a cup of (virtual) sake together!