シツ, シチ, チ, たち, ただ.す, もと, わりふ

substance, quality, matter, temperament

JLPT4 G5 S15 F389

is ax doubled, emphasizing splitting. 質 adds 貝, here an abbreviated form# of (house full of treasures) → split one's belongings → *pawn* → *hostage*; *mortgage* → *quality/content*; *nature*; *verify*; *ask* → *simple* (← simple reality).

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