By David Tod Roy
This is the fourth and penultimate quantity in David Roy's celebrated translation of 1 of the main recognized and demanding novels in chinese language literature. The Plum within the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei is an nameless sixteenth-century paintings that makes a speciality of the household lifetime of Hsi-men Ch'ing, a corrupt, upwardly cellular service provider in a provincial city, who continues a harem of six other halves and concubines. the radical, identified basically for its erotic realism, can also be a landmark within the improvement of the narrative artwork form--not merely from a in particular chinese language point of view yet in a world-historical context.
This whole and annotated translation goals to faithfully symbolize and elucidate the entire rhetorical gains of the unique in its so much real shape and thereby let the Western reader to understand this chinese language masterpiece at its real worth.
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Hsü, Prefect’s son. Hsü, Prefect’s wife. Hsü Pu-yü, Reneger Hsü, moneylender in Ch’ing-ho from whom Wang Ts’ai tries to borrow three hundred taels of silver in order to purchase a position in the Military School. Hsü, Reneger. See Hsü Pu-yü. Hsü Shun, professional actor of Hai-yen style drama. Hsü Sung, prefect of Tung-ch’ang in Shantung. Hsü Sung’s concubine. Hsü Sung’s concubine’s father. Hsü, Tailor, artisan with a shop across the street from Han Tao-kuo’s residence on Lion Street in Ch’ing-ho.
Li P’ing-erh, Vase, Mrs. Hua, Mistress Hua, one of the three principal female protagonists of the novel, concubine of Liang Shih-chieh, wife of Hua Tzuhsü, commits adultery with her husband’s neighbor and sworn brother Hsimen Ch’ing, wife of Dr. Chiang Chu-shan, Hsi-men Ch’ing’s Sixth Lady, mother of Hsi-men Kuan-ko, dies of chronic hemorrhaging brought on by grief over the death of her son and Hsi-men Ch’ing’s insistence on trying out his newly acquired aphrodisiac on her while she is in her menstrual period, commemorated in overly elaborate funeral observances that are prime examples of conspicuous consumption, haunts Hsi-men Ch’ing’s dreams.
See Hua Tzu-hsü. Hua the Third. See Hua Tzu-kuang. Hua-t’ung, page boy in Hsi-men Ch’ing’s household sodomized by Wen Pi-ku. xxxii CAST OF CHARACTERS Hua Tzu-hsü, Hua the Second, Nobody Hua, nephew and adopted son of Eunuch Director Hua, husband of Li P’ing-erh, next door neighbor of Hsimen Ch’ing and member of the brotherhood of ten, patron of Wu Yin-erh and Cheng Ai-hsiang; cuckolded by Li P’ing-erh, who turns over much of his property to Hsi-men Ch’ing, he loses the rest in a lawsuit and dies of chagrin.