The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei, Volume Four: The Climax

The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei, Volume Four: The Climax

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The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei, Volume Four: The Climax by Princeton University Press

This is the fourth and penultimate volume in David Roy's celebrated translation of one of the most famous and important novels in Chinese literature. The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P’ing Mei is an anonymous sixteenth-century work that focuses on the domestic life of Hsi-men Ch’ing, a corrupt, upwardly mobile merchant in a provincial town, who maintains a harem of six wives and concubines. The novel, known primarily for its erotic realism, is also a landmark in the development of the narrative art form—not only from a specifically Chinese perspective but in a world-historical context.

This complete and annotated translation aims to faithfully represent and elucidate all the rhetorical features of the original in its most authentic form and thereby enable the Western reader to appreciate this Chinese masterpiece at its true worth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691169828
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Princeton Library of Asian Translations Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 1032
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

David Tod Roy (1933–2016) was professor emeritus of Chinese literature at the University of Chicago. His monumental five-volume translation of the Chin P'ing Mei was completed in 2013.

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 61: Han Tao-kuo Prepares an Entertainment for Hsi-men Ch'ing;
Li P'ing-erh Painfully Observes the Double Yang Festival 1

CHAPTER 62: Taoist Master P'an Performs an Exorcism on the Lantern Altar;
Hsi-men Ch'ing Laments Egregiously on Behalf of Li P'ing-erh 44

CHAPTER 63: Friends and Relatives Offer Funeral Oblations at a Memorial Feast;
Hsi-men Ch'ing Is Reminded of Li P'ing-erh While Watching a Drama 83

CHAPTER 64: Yü-hsiao Kneels in Making an Appeal to P'an Chin-lien;
Officers of the Guard Sacrifi ce to a Rich Man's Spouse 104

CHAPTER 65: Abbot Wu Meets the Funeral Procession and Eulogizes the Portrait;
Censor Sung Imposes on a Local Magnate to Entertain Eunuch Huang 121

CHAPTER 66: Majordomo Chai Sends a Letter with a Consolatory Contribution;
Perfect Man Huang Conducts a Rite for the Salvation of the Dead 153

CHAPTER 67: Hsi-men Ch'ing Appreciates the Snow While in His Studio;
Li P'ing-erh Describes Her Intimate Feelings in a Dream 174

CHAPTER 68: Cheng Ai-yüeh Flaunts Her Beauty and Discloses a Secret;
Tai-an Perseveres Assiduously in Seeking Out Auntie Wen 211

CHAPTER 69: Auntie Wen Communicates Hsi-men Ch'ing's Wishes to Lady Lin;
Wang Ts'ai Falls for a Trick and Invites His Own Humiliation 244

CHAPTER 70: Hsi-men Ch'ing's Successful Efforts Procure Him a Promotion;
Assembled Offi cials Report before Defender-in-chief Chu Mien 277

CHAPTER 71: Li P'ing-erh Appears in a Dream in Battalion Commander Ho's House;
The Judicial Commissioners Present Their Memorials at the Audience 306

CHAPTER 72: Wang the Third Kowtows to Hsi-men Ch'ing as His Adopted Father;
Ying Po-chueh Intercedes to Alleviate the Grievance of Li Ming 342

CHAPTER 73: P'an Chin-lien Is Irked by the Song "I Remember Her Flute-playing";
Big Sister Yu Sings "Getting through the Five Watches of the Night" 384

CHAPTER 74: Censor Sung Ch'iao-nien Solicits the Eight Immortals Tripod;
Wu Yueh-niang Listens to the Precious Scroll on Woman Huang 420

CHAPTER 75: Ch'un-mei Vilely Abuses Second Sister Shen;
Yu-hsiao Spills the Beans to P'an Chin-lien 456

CHAPTER 76: Meng Yu-lou Assuages Yueh-niang's Wrath;
Hsi-men Ch'ing Repudiates Licentiate Wen 503

CHAPTER 77: Hsi-men Ch'ing Slogs through the Snow to Visit Cheng Ai-yueh;
Pen the Fourth's Wife Sits by the Window Waiting for a Tryst 544

CHAPTER 78: Hsi-men Ch'ing Ventures upon a Second Engagement with Lady Lin;
Wu Yueh-niang Invites Ho Yung-shou's Wife to View the Lanterns 579

CHAPTER 79: Hsi-men Ch'ing in His Sexual Indulgence Incurs an Illness;
Wu Yueh-niang Bears a Child upon the Death of Her Husband 627

CHAPTER 80: Ch'en Ching-chi Resorts to Pilfering Jade and Purloining Perfume;
Li Chiao-erh Makes Off with the Silver and Returns to the Brothel 668


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