Rereading the Stone

Episode 47 Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 22 part 2/2

July 05, 2021 Kevin Wilson, William Jones Season 1 Episode 47
Rereading the Stone
Episode 47 Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 22 part 2/2
Show Notes

In this episode, we explore the enigmatic, prophetic riddles in the second half of Chapter 22 of Dream of the Red Chamber (Story of the Stone). What controversies exist due to there being divergent versions of the text? What branching fates and vicissitudinous fortunes are posited in these gloomy lines? And why is Jia Zheng especially affected by the riddles? Is a riddle likely to make a rectifier of rites uneasy, or is paradox a realm where those accustomed to judgment are apt to excel?