Rereading the Stone

Episode 45 Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 21 part 2/2

June 18, 2021 Kevin Wilson, William Jones Season 1 Episode 45
Rereading the Stone
Episode 45 Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 21 part 2/2
Show Notes

In our coverage of the second half of Chapter 21 of Dream of the Red Chamber, we focus on the infidelities of Jia Lian and the dynamics of his marriage with Xifeng. Observing a ritually-prescribed separation from Xifeng on account of his daughter’s recovery from smallpox, Jia Lian has the opportunity to bed another occupant of the Jia compound known for her promiscuity. Patience’s discovery of an artifact of this affair places her in a difficult situation, facing suspicions and aggression both from a mistress and her excitable husband.