The Deer and the Cauldron: The Third Book

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This is the third and final volume of the picaresque historical romance by one of China's most popular authors. It tells the story of Trinket, an irreverent and comic anti-hero, and his adventures through China and Chinese history, spanning more than twenty years at the beginning of the Qing dynasty.
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Overview


This is the third and final volume of the picaresque historical romance by one of China's most popular authors. It tells the story of Trinket, an irreverent and comic anti-hero, and his adventures through China and Chinese history, spanning more than twenty years at the beginning of the Qing dynasty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195903270
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Deer and the Cauldron Series , #3
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 596
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Note xi
Important Dates in the Historical Background xii
Glossary of People and Places xv
General Glossary of Terms xxxvii
Note on Pronunciation l
Chapter 20 In which Princess Ning castrates her Groom and 'commits Suicide', and Viscount Trinket rescues the Wrong Girl; he meets the Peerless Consort and hears her sing; a Confrontation takes place between General Bash-em, the Satrap, the White Nun, and the Peerless Consort; and Trinket secures Safe Passage back to Peking for himself and his Entourage 1
Fire Alarm in the Gardens of the Princess
A Strange Mutilation, and an Attempted Suicide
An Attempt on the Satrap's Life
At the Satrap's Palace
The Assassin?
Story behind a Story
At His Wits' End
The Peerless
The Ballad of the Peerless Consort
Revelations
An Extraordinary Gathering
Memories
Doing a Deal
Departure from Kunming
Chpater 21 In which Trinket and Party make their way to the Province of Guizhou, and thence to Peking; there is Singing on the River, and Tales are told of Taiwan; Two Elderly Jesuit Fathers prove their Skill at the Art of making Cannon; Devoted Doublet pieces together the Map; and Trinket is put in command of a Naval Expedition 65
In the Mountains
A Number of Familiar Faces
In the Gambling Den
A Surprising Intervention
Beggar, Meatball, and other Combatants
Triad Talk
The Log Rafts
Exit Sir Zheng
The Storm on the River
The Helmsman presents an Old Hero
The Helmsman Informed
The Art of Escape
In the Capital Once More
Of Jesuits and Cannon
Piecing together the Scraps
Gobbledegook
The Deer and the Cauldron
Cannon of Divine Might
Mission Impossible
The Three Treasures of Manchuria
Pacifying the Ocean
Strategy, and a Golden Bowl
Trinket at Sea
Meatball, and other Floating Objects
Smoke Signals and Big Guns
Chapter 22 In which Trinket falls once more into Mystic Dragon Hands; travels North with Doublet, and crosses the Ice to Albazin; meets a Beautiful Princess and travels to Moscow; and finally Returns 142
Unfamiliar Valiants
An Artful Customer
Through Ice and Snow
Deer
Mountains and Rivers
Cossacks, and the Fort
The Secret Passage
Princess Sophia
High Diplomacy, High Stakes
To Moscow
Russian Affairs of State
Trinket gives Counsel
Mutiny
Trinket has another Cunning Plan
Trinket Returns
Chapter 23 In which Trinket advises the Emperor on Affairs of State; and is sent on an Important Mission to Yangzhou 189
Trinket in Peking
A Command Performance
Council of State
An Unusual Friendship
A Small Favour
You Little Monster!
For Old Time's Sake
The Hunting of the Little Traitor
En route for Yangzhou: the Wang Wu Clan
Obsequies on the Mountain
Chapter 24 In which Trinket returns in Triumph to the City of his Youth, and ends up in a very Large Bed with several Delectable Ladies all at the same time; the Rebellion of the Three Feudatories finally breaks out; and Trinket is summoned back to Court 224
The Fair City of Yangzhou: of Peonies and other Flowers
Trinket back in the Alley
Mother and Son Reunited
A Strange Brotherhood
Even Stranger Womenfolk
Roll-Call
One Touch Here, One Touch There
Bedstead on the March
Bedstead Pandemonium
Charges of Treason
Doublet seeks Revenge
Writing a Letter
Trinket works Fast
Spring Fragrance the Sceptic
Chapter 25 In which the Strange Gui Trio, and Iron Hand the Lady Warrior, are introduced; and an Assassination Attempt has Unpredicted Results 295
News of the War
Strange Companions
Spinning Tops and Playing Tag
Kungfu Pedigrees
Evil is its own Reward
Living Legends
Dead Man's Head
Of Murder and Assassination
Capital Deliberations
Trinket the Calligrapher
Serious Consequences of a Light Poke
Kang Xi confronts the Old Whore
What Fun!
The Truth will Out
'I don't know where to go!'
Escape Plans A, B, & C
Plan C in Action
Chapter 26 In which Trinket escapes from Peking, and visits Snake Island for the last time; the Leader makes a Last Stand; a Great Hero dies; and Life on Potluck Island is Described 374
Out of the Wok, and into the Fire
Mystic Dragon Dissension
To the Death!
Return to Potluck Island
New Arrivals on the Shore
Death of a Hero
Negotiations for Sir Zheng's Release
The Informer Revealed
An Unusual IOU
Potluck Island Idyll
Rules for Trinket's Harem
Modus Vivendi
The Seasons of Potluck Island
Two Tamardy Edicts
Domestic Details
Earl of Potluck Island
Chapter 27 In which Trinket travels to Taiwan; and is sent as Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Russians, with Instructions to capture Fort Albazin and negotiate the Treaty of Nerchinsk 434
The Fall of Taiwan
Trinket in Taiwan
Boots Aloft
Trinket in Favour Again
Arrangements for Revenge
The Supreme Commander
Heads You Lose!
Human Shashlik
Winter sets In
Piss Attack
Wobbleski and Chillingoff
A Loyal Servant
More Russian Blarney
Nerchinsk
Conspiracy in the Tent
Not by Halves
An Object for a Cult
Chapter 28 In which Trinket returns yet again to Peking, and is obliged to supervise the Execution of his Old Friend Whiskers Mao; he meets Four Gentlemen of the Resistance; and finally decides to call it a Day and retire from Public Life Altogether 501
An Old, Bewhiskered Friend
Making Choices
Trinket the Debt-Collector
A Small Favour
Necessity, the Mother of Trinketian Invention
Aftermath of an Execution
Safe House
Who'd ever choose to be Emperor?
The Urchin Academician
A Puddle tells All
The Way of the Prince
Not Today, not Tomorrow, not Ever!
A Man can only be Who He Is
The Murdering of Trinket
Just like Yours!
Epilogue--The Never-Ending Quest 535
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