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By David Tod Roy

This is often the 5th and ultimate quantity in David Roy's celebrated translation of 1 of the main recognized and significant novels in chinese language literature. The Plum within the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei is an nameless sixteenth-century paintings that specializes in the household lifetime of Hsi-men Ch'ing, a corrupt, upwardly cellular service provider in a provincial city, who keeps a harem of six better halves and concubines. the radical, recognized basically for its erotic realism, is additionally a landmark within the improvement of the narrative paintings form--not purely from a in particular chinese language viewpoint yet in a world-historical context.

Written in the course of the moment 1/2 the 16th century and primary released in 1618, The Plum within the Golden Vase is famous for its strangely glossy procedure. With the potential exception of the story of Genji (ca. 1010) and Don Quixote (1605, 1615), there's no previous paintings of prose fiction of equivalent sophistication in international literature. even though its significance within the background of chinese language narrative has lengthy been well-known, the technical virtuosity of the writer, that's extra similar to the Dickens of Bleak apartment, the Joyce of Ulysses, or the Nabokov of Lolita than something in prior chinese language fiction, has no longer but got sufficient popularity. this can be partially simply because all the present ecu translations are both abridged or in accordance with an inferior recension of the textual content. this entire and annotated translation goals to faithfully symbolize and elucidate the entire rhetorical positive aspects of the unique in its so much actual shape and thereby let the Western reader to understand this chinese language masterpiece at its actual worthy.

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See Li Yen. Li family of the Eastern Capital, family into which P’an Chin-lien is reincarnated as a daughter. Li Huo, son of Li Chih. Li Kang (1083–1140), minister of war under Emperor Ch’in-tsung who directs the defense against the Chin invaders. Li Kuei, Shantung Yaksha, uncle of Li An, military instructor from Ch’ingchou patronized by Li Kung-pi. Li Kuei-chieh, Cassia, daughter of Auntie Li the Third, niece of Li Chiao-erh and Li Ming, younger sister of Li Kuei-ch’ing, singing girl from the Verdant Spring Bordello on Second Street in the licensed quarter of Ch’ing-ho, deflowered by Hsi-men Ch’ing, who maintains her as his mistress for twenty taels a month, adopted daughter of Wu Yüeh-niang, betrays Hsi-men Ch’ing with Ting the Second, Wang Ts’ai, and others.

See Chiang Ts’ung. Second Lady. See Li Chiao-erh. Seng-pao, son of Lai-pao and Hui-hsiang, betrothed to Wang Liu-erh’s niece, the daughter of Butcher Wang and Sow Wang. Servant from the household of Chou Hsiu who is sent to fetch P’ang Ch’unmei with a lantern. Servant in the inn at the foot of Mount T’ai where Wu Yüeh-niang and Wu K’ai spend the night on their pilgrimage. Servant from the Verdant Spring Bordello who runs errands for Li Kuei-chieh. Sha San, Yokel Sha, one of the “cribbers” and “ball clubbers” in Ch’ing-ho who plays the tout to Wang Ts’ai on his visits to the licensed quarter and upon whom Hsi-men Ch’ing turns the tables by abusing the judicial system at the behest of Lady Lin.

Kao An, secondary majordomo of Ts’ai Ching’s household in the Eastern Capital through whom Lai-pao gains access to Ts’ai Yu. Kao Ch’iu (d. 1126), defender-in-chief of the Imperial Bodyguard, granted the title of grand guardian for his part in facilitating the notorious Flower and Rock Convoys and the construction of the Mount Ken Imperial Park; one of the Six Traitors impeached by Ch’en Tung. Kao family from outside the city wall of the Eastern Capital, family into which Chou I is reincarnated as a son named Kao Liu-chu.

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