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978-0-14-044326-4 / 0140443266

The Story of the Stone, Vol. 2: The Crab-Flower Club

by Cao Xueqin

Publisher:Penguin Classics

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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The Story of the Stone (c. 1760), also known by the title of The Dream of the Red Chamber, is the great novel of manners in Chinese literature. Divided into five volumes, of which The Crab-Flower Club is the second, it charts the glory and decline of the illustrious Jia family (a story which closely accords with the fortunes of the author?s own family). The two main characters, Bao-yu and Dai-yu, are set against a rich tapestry of humour, realistic detail and delicate poetry, which accurately reflects the ritualized hurly-burly of Chinese family life. But over and above the novel hangs the constant reminder that there is another plane of existence ? a theme which affirms the Buddhist belief in a supernatural scheme of things. Note on Spelling Preface Chapter 27 Beauty Perspiring sports with butterflies by the Raindrop Pavilion; And Beauty Suspiring weeps for fallen blossoms by the Flowers' Grave Chapter 28 A Crimson cummerbund becomes a pledge of friendship; And a chaplet of medicine-beads becomes a source of embarassment Chapter 29 In which the greatly blessed pray for yet greater blessings; And the highly strung rise to new heights of passion Chapter 30 Bao-Chai speaks of a fan and castigates her deriders; Charmante scratches a 'qiang' and mystifies a beholder Chapter 31 A torn fan is the price of silver laughter; And a lost kylin is the clue to a happy marriage Chapter 32 Bao-yu demonstrates confusion of mind by his declaration to the wrong person; And Golden shows an unconquerable spirit by ending her humiliation in death Chapter 33 An envious younger brother puts in a malicious word or two; And a scapegrace elder brother recieves a terrible chatisement Chapter 34 A wordless message meets with silent understanding; And a groundless imputation leads to undeserved rebukes Chapter 35 Sulky Silver tastes some lotus-leaf soup; And Golden Oriole knots a flower-patterned fringe Chapter 36 Bao-chai visits Green Delights and...

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