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The beautiful young woman and Master Manipulator was married to Matsu Uji, governor of a southern Matsu province.  Sushanume seduced Uji's karo, Akodo Sojuno, to kill his lord. Yet, their plot was discovered, and Sojuno was challenged to a duel by Uji. Sojuno won the duel, but his remorse made him kill Sushanume and later end his own life. 
Alternative Story Edit
Other said that Sushanume was abused and neglected by her husband, and had fallen in love with Sojuno. The honorable samurai came to hate his lord for his abuse of Sushanume. When a jealous handmaiden betrayed the lovers, Sanjuro was forced to kill Uji in a duel. Overwhelmed with guilt at his dishonor, Sojuno then slew Sushanume and fell upon his own blade. 
Sushanume's tragedy was depicted in Matsu Sinoku's play Mercy. The play depicted the tragedy as it took plays from Sushanume's point of view, showing how thoughtless was Uji of his wife, and that it was him who brought her to betrayal. 
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