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Monday, September 13, 2021
Stephen Roddy

Text: The Plum in the Golden Vase, or Chin P’ing Mei, Vol. 2: The Rivals. Translated by David Roy. Princeton University Press, 2006. ISBN 9780691126197.

In Chapters 21-40, the life of the Ximen family compound continues to be punctuated by episodes of jealousy and other eruptions of turbulence. No longer adding permanent members to his harem, Ximen Qing engages in fleeting sexual trysts with servants and other minor characters, sowing the seeds of current and future conflict. Just when this debauchery seems unsustainable, or his multiple misdeeds threaten legal consequences, Ximen Qing not only manages to escape but even discovers...

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