commotion caused by Kyusuke's daring request had subsided, one of the Ladies-in-Waiting
appeared holding in her hand the three waka poems composed by Kyusuke during his illness
for Princess Shirataki.
Upon seeing them, the Emperor was filled with sympathy for Kyusuke and thought,
"Though only a common laborer, he has the tender heart of a gentleman."
The Emperor announced, "Let him vie in a waka contest (a poem writing match between
two parties on a given subject) with Princess Shirataki. If Kyusuke wins, he shall indeed
have the Princess as his bride!"
Kyusuke could hardly believe his ears and fancied that he must be dreaming. And Princess
Shirataki rejoiced inwardly at the Emperor's announcement because she had secretly fallen
in love with Kyusuke.