In the noh play Kinuta (Cloth Beating), a man who has been away from Kyoto for three years sends his maid, Yugiri, back home to tell his wife that he will soon return. Yugiri arrives in Kyoto and tries to comfort the lonely wife. The two hear the sound of cloth being beaten in order to make it soft, a sound that recalls a famous poem about a wife missing her husband. In an effort to comfort the lady of the house, Yugiri begins to beat cloth with a wooden mallet. Despite her rank, the wife takes over this task and wonders whether the autumn wind will carry the mournful sound to her distant husband. In Yoshitoshi’s imagining of this scene, the two women are disconnected; the lady of the house is completely absorbed in her task, consumed with her grief, while Yugiri sits respectfully behind her.