Readings & Meanings:
inner part, interior, depths, heart
By the side of the road, I got caught in a long talk with the mistress of the house next door. [奥さん means (someone else's ) wife]
I hide my diary inside my drawer.
A straightforward request would be impossible, so I used my trump card.
This kanji is listed under 大, for the 大 on the bottom.
We almost have a kuchi element, but instead, it's actually 宀, with the sides extended down.
Under that roof, we find 釆, which means to divide. 釆 comes from a pictograph of seeds being scattered here and there, divided from each other.
Which, I believe, is how women used to live. They were separated from the outside. At least, the royal-level women were in The Tale of Genji>.
There is a movie called "O-Oku" (大奥). The title refers to the inner chambers of the Shogun's palace, into which all males except the Shogun were forbidden entry.