Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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p. ix

Acknowledgments

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p. xi

Cast of Characters

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pp. xiii-lxvi

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81. Han Tao-kuo Takes Advantage of a Chance to Appropriate the Goods; T’ang Lai-pao Defrauds His Master and Disregards His Benevolence

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pp. 1-16

The story goes that after Hsi-men Ch’ing had entrusted Han Tao-kuo and Lai-pao with four thousand taels of silver and sent them to the Chiang-nan region to purchase goods, they proceeded along the way:
Imbibing the wind and resting by water.3
Stopping by night and traveling by day...

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82. P’an Chin-lien Makes an Assignation on a Moonlit Night; Ch’en Ching-chi Enjoys Two Beauties in a Painted Bower

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pp. 17-34

The story goes that ever since P’an Chin-lien and Ch’en Ching-chi had made out in his antechamber while Hsi-men Ch’ing was lying in state nearby, the two of them, on a daily basis, still savoring the sweet taste of their encounter:
Felt the chill of love by day,
And the heat of ardor at dusk...

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83. Ch’iu-chü, Harboring Resentment, Reveals a Clandestine Affair; Ch’un-mei Transmits a Note to Facilitate a Lovers’ Rendezvous

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pp. 35-53

The story goes that when P’an Chin-lien saw that Ch’en Ching-chi had climbed over the wall and departed at the crack of dawn, she felt regret over the way she had treated him.
The next day was the fifteenth day of the seventh month, and Wu Yüeh-niang rode in her sedan chair to the Ksitigarbha Nunnery where Nun...

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84. Wu Yüeh-niang Creates a Stir in the Temple of Iridescent Clouds; Sung Chiang Uprightly Frees Her from the Ch’ing-feng Stronghold

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pp. 54-71

The story goes that, one day, Wu Yüeh-niang invited her elder brother Wu K’ai to come and consult with her about her wish to make a pilgrimage to the summit of Mount T’ai in T’ai-an prefecture in order to burn incense in the Temple of the Goddess of Iridescent Clouds.1 When Hsi-men Ch’ing was...

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85. Wu Yüeh-niang Surprises Chin-lien in the Act of Adultery; Auntie Hsüeh Agrees to Sell Ch’un-mei on a Moonlit Night

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pp. 72-89

The story goes that Wu K’ai escorted Yüeh-niang on her way back until the day that she arrived home. But no more of this.
To return to our story, ever since Yüeh-niang had left home, P’an Chin-lien and Ch’en Ching-chi:
In both the front and rear compounds...

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86. Sun Hsüeh-o Instigates the Beating of Ch’en Ching-chi; Dame Wang Marries Off Chin-lien to the Highest Bidder

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pp. 90-112

The story goes that from the time that Ch’un-mei left the household, P’an Chin-lien suffered from depression in her quarters. But no more of this.
To resume our story, after breakfast the next day, Ch’en Ching-chi went out on the pretext of settling accounts with a creditor and rode his mount to...

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87. Dame Wang Hungers after Wealth and Receives Her Just Reward; Wu Sung Kills His Sister-in-law and Propitiates His Brother

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pp. 113-130

The story goes that Ch’en Ching-chi hired a horse for himself, called for a servitor of Militia Commander Chang Kuan to accompany him, and set out early in the morning for the Eastern Capital. But no more of this.
To resume our story, the day after Wu Yüeh-niang had expelled P’an...

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88. P’an Chin-lien Appears in a Dream in Commandant Chou Hsiu’s Home; Wu Yüeh-niang Contributes a Gift to a Subscription-Seeking Monk

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pp. 131-150

The story goes that after Wu Sung had killed the woman and Dame Wang and taken their valuables, he went to join the band of outlaws in Liang-shan Marsh.
To resume our story, after Wang Ch’ao ran out onto the street to look for the head of the local mutual security unit, he noticed...

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89. On the Ch’ing-ming Festival the Widow Visits the New Grave; Wu Yüeh-niang Blunders into the Temple of Eternal Felicity

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pp. 151-173

The story goes that the next day Wu Yüeh-niang saw to the preparation of an offertory table, replete with a pig’s head and the three sacrificial animals, soup and rice, paper money for the dead, and the like, wrapped up a bolt of fabric, and directed Hsi-men Ta-chieh to get herself ready by donning plain...

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90. Lai-wang Absconds Together with Sun Hsüeh-o; Sun Hsüeh-o Is Sold to Chou Hsiu’s Household

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pp. 174-193

The story goes that Wu K’ai took charge of Yüeh-niang and the group of men and women that accompanied her as they left the Temple of Eternal Felicity and continued on their way under the tall trees on the long embankment. Meanwhile, Tai-an had already selected an elevated spot in the open air...

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91. Meng Yü-lou Is Happy to Marry Li Kung-pi; Li Kung-pi in a Fit of Rage Beats Yü-tsan

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pp. 194-217

The story goes that, one day, Ch’en Ching-chi heard from Auntie Hsüeh that Sun Hsüeh-o from the household of Hsi-men Ch’ing had committed adultery with Lai-wang and absconded with him, along with a quantity of stolen property, to some place outside, but that their crimes had come to light, and she had been put up for sale by the district magistrate, and sold...

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92. Ch’en Ching-chi Is Entrapped in Yen-chou Prefecture; Wu Yüeh-Niang Creates a Stir in the District Yamen

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pp. 218-243

The story goes that on that day, after the young squire Li Kung-pi had given Yü-tsan a beating, he summoned Old Mother T’ao to take her away, sold her for eight taels of silver, and used the proceeds to buy a seventeen-year-old maidservant named Man-t’ang to take charge of the kitchen in her place. But no more of this...

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93. Wang Hsüan Relies on Righteousness to Help the Poor; Abbot Jen in the Desire for Profit Invites Disaster

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pp. 244-268

The story goes that Ch’en Ching-chi, from the time that Hsi-men Ta-chieh committed suicide, Wu Yüeh-niang took him to court, and the singing girl Feng Chin-pao was sent back to the brothel, felt that he had barely escaped with his life. He had been forced to put his house up for sale and had...

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94. Liu the Second Drunkenly Beats Ch’en Ching-chi; Sun Hsüeh-o Becomes a Trollop in My Own Tavern

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pp. 269-288

The story goes that, from the time that Ch’en the Third led Ch’en Ching-chi to the Hsieh Family Tavern where he met with Feng Chin-pao, the two of them resumed their former affair. From then on, no three days passed by without their getting together. If Ch’en Ching-chi happened to be tied up...

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95. P’ing-an Absconds with Jewelry from the Pawnshop; Auntie Hsüeh Cleverly Proposes a Personal Appeal

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pp. 289-308

The story goes that Sun Hsüeh-o was sold into the life of a singing girl working out of My Own Tavern. But no more of this. At this point our story divides into two. To resume our story, after Hsi-men Ta-chieh committed suicide, and Wu Yüeh-niang took Ch’en Ching-chi to court...

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96: Ch’un-mei Enjoys Visiting the Pools and Pavilions of Her Old Home; Commandant Chou Hsiu Sends Chang Sheng to Look for Ch’en Ching-chi

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pp. 309-329

The story goes that:
Light and darkness alternate swiftly;
The sun and moon shoot back and forth like shuttles, and, before long, it was the twenty-first day of the first month of the following year. Ch’un-mei, after consulting with Commandant Chou Hsiu, prepared a sacrificial table, replete with four kinds of preserved fruit, and...

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97. Ch’en Ching-chi Plays a Role in the Commandant’s Household; Auntie Hsüeh Peddles Trinkets and Proposes a Marriage Match

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pp. 330-348

The story goes that when Ch’en Ching-chi arrived at Commandant Chou Hsiu’s headquarters and dismounted, Chang Sheng preceded him inside to report his presence to Ch’un-mei. Ch’un-mei ordered that Ch’en Ching-chi should be taken to a duty room in the front of the compound and...

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98. Ch’en Ching-chi Opens a Tavern in Lin-ch’ing; Han Ai-chieh Encounters a Lover in a Bordello

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pp. 349-369

The story goes that, one day, Commandant Chou Hsiu, and the prefect of Chi-nan prefecture Chang Shu-yeh, in command of their infantry and cavalry, completed a successful campaign against the outlaws in Liang-shan Marsh; and the thirty-six leaders of the band, under the command of their...

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99. Liu the Second Drunkenly Curses Wang Liu-erh; Chang Sheng Wrathfully Kills Ch’en Ching-chi

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pp. 370-390

The story goes that Ch’en Ching-chi allowed two days to pass, since the third day, the twenty-fifth of the fifth month, was his birthday. On that occasion, Ch’un-mei prepared a feast in the rear reception hall to celebrate his birthday, and the entire household joined in the festivities...

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100. Han Ai-chieh Seeks Her Father and Mother in Hu-chou; Ch’an Master P’u-ching Rescues Souls from Perdition

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pp. 391-420

The story goes that when Han Tao-kuo and Wang Liu-erh returned to the Hsieh Family Tavern without their daughter, they were faced with the prospect of:
Sitting at home as their resources ran out.4
They therefore sent Ch’en the Third to invite Magnate Ho to visit them...

Notes

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pp. 421-500

Bibliography

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pp. 501-524

Index

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pp. 525-556