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The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P’ing Mei:
Volume Five: The Dissolution
Translated by David Tod Roy

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xi
Cast of Characters xiii

CHAPTER 81
Han Tao-kuo Takes Advantage of a Chance to Appropriate the Goods;
T'ang Lai-pao Defrauds His Master and Disregards His Benevolence 1
CHAPTER 82
P'an Chin-lien Makes an Assignation on a Moonlit Night;
Ch'en Ching-chi Enjoys Two Beauties in a Painted Bower 17
CHAPTER 83
Ch'iu-chü, Harboring Resentment, Reveals a Clandestine Affair;
Ch'un-mei Transmits a Note to Facilitate a Lovers' Rendezvous 35
CHAPTER 84
Wu Yüeh-niang Creates a Stir in the Temple of Iridescent Clouds;
Sung Chiang Uprightly Frees Her from the Ch'ing-feng Stronghold 54
CHAPTER 85
Wu Yüeh-niang Surprises Chin-lien in the Act of Adultery;
Auntie Hsüeh Agrees to Sell Ch'un-mei on a Moonlit Night 72
CHAPTER 86
Sun Hsüeh-o Instigates the Beating of Ch'en Ching-chi;
Dame Wang Marries Off Chin-lien to the Highest Bidder 90
CHAPTER 87
Dame Wang Hungers after Wealth and Receives Her Just Reward;
Wu Sung Kills His Sister-in-law and Propitiates His Brother 113
CHAPTER 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 131
CHAPTER 89
On the Ch'ing-ming Festival the Widow Visits the New Grave;
Wu Yüeh-niang Blunders into the Temple of Eternal Felicity 151
CHAPTER 90
Lai-wang Absconds Together with Sun Hsüeh-o;
Sun Hsüeh-o Is Sold to Chou Hsiu's Household 174
CHAPTER 91
Meng Yü-lou Is Happy to Marry Li Kung-pi;
Li Kung-pi in a Fit of Rage Beats Yü-tsan 194
CHAPTER 92
Ch'en Ching-chi Is Entrapped in Yen-chou Prefecture;
Wu Yüeh-Niang Creates a Stir in the District Yamen 218
CHAPTER 93
Wang Hsüan Relies on Righteousness to Help the Poor;
Abbot Jen in the Desire for Profit Invites Disaster 244
CHAPTER 94
Liu the Second Drunkenly Beats Ch'en Ching-chi;
Sun Hsüeh-o Becomes a Trollop in My Own Tavern 269
CHAPTER 95
P'ing-an Absconds with Jewelry from the Pawnshop;
Auntie Hsüeh Cleverly Proposes a Personal Appeal 289
CHAPTER 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 309
CHAPTER 97
Ch'en Ching-chi Plays a Role in the Commandant's Household;
Auntie Hsüeh Peddles Trinkets and Proposes a Marriage Match 330
CHAPTER 98
Ch'en Ching-chi Opens a Tavern in Lin-ch'ing;
Han Ai-chieh Encounters a Lover in a Bordello 349
CHAPTER 99
Liu the Second Drunkenly Curses Wang Liu-erh;
Chang Sheng Wrathfully Kills Ch'en Ching-chi 370
CHAPTER 100
Han Ai-chieh Seeks Her Father and Mother in Hu-chou;
Ch'an Master P'u-ching Rescues Souls from Perdition 391

Notes 421
Bibliography 501
Index 525

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