History Literature / DreamOfTheRedChamber

14th Oct '15 9:11:14 AM fruitstripegum
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* KissingCousins: Jia Baoyu is first cousins with both girls.
26th Sep '15 7:23:49 PM Bibliotheca
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** This trope is present in ''everything'', from the girls' poems, to their favorite toys, to the games they like to play (it is even lampshaded by Baoyu's father at one point). And it requires [[GeniusBonus extensive knowledge of Chinese cultures, history, symbolism, imagery and anecdotes to fully comprehend them all]]. There is a reason the 80 chapters penned by Cao Xueqin is deemed a magnificent example in the art of {{Foreshadowing}} by redologists.

* IllGirl: Lin Daiyu. Wang Xifeng as well, for a few chapters.
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* IllGirl: Lin Daiyu. Wang Xifeng as well, for a few chapters. [[spoiler:Both do not survive their conditions.]]
11th Sep '15 7:43:51 PM hello86
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seeing if this does the formatting right
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24th Jul '15 6:55:26 AM Morgenthaler
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Do not spoiler tag trope names on work pages or the names of works on trope pages; please see Handling Spoilers for more information.
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding: And [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment depressingly so.]] Lin Daiyu dies, thus causing Jia Baoyu to go to a monastery and ''become a monk''.]]
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* [[spoiler:DownerEnding: And DownerEnding: [[spoiler:And [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment depressingly so.]] Lin Daiyu dies, thus causing Jia Baoyu to go to a monastery and ''become a monk''.]]
30th Mar '15 11:00:43 AM biscuitlion
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* DrinkingGame: Several of them are played throughout the novel.

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* EmbarrassingNickname: How Daiyu initally views her poetry club pen name. Everyone else finds it amusing.

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* PenName: Everyone in the first poetry club that Baoyu, Daiyu, Baochai, and several other girls establish gets one.
23rd Mar '15 11:36:50 AM biscuitlion
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* [[SiblingRivalry Half-Sibling Rivalry]]: Jia Huan and Baoyu. Jia Huan goes as far as to spill candle wax in Baoyu's eyes, in an attempt to blind him.

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* TheResenter: Concubine Zhao. Justifiable, as she only wants the best for her two children, but her position as secondary wife means she's not highly regarded by almost everyone else. However, given her {{Jerkass}} nature, it's also not surprising why she's not a favourite in the household. She's depicted as unintelligent, lacking in class and tact, driven by jealously, and shows open resentment towards the higher standing members of the household, including her stepson Baoyu, as well as getting into very heated arguments with her daughter. Plus, she makes a huge fuss out of nothing on several occasions, and even resorts to using black magic at one point, which almost kills Baoyu and Xifeng.
16th Mar '15 10:19:24 AM biscuitlion
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* IllGirl: Lin Daiyu
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* IllGirl: Lin DaiyuDaiyu. Wang Xifeng as well, for a few chapters.

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* IllGirl: Lin DaiyuKarmicDeath: This is what happens to one of the men who lust after Wang Xifeng. After he is rejected, he falls hopelessly ill, but is given a chance to recover when a passing monk hands him a magic mirror. He is told to never look at the front, and must keep looking at the back of the mirror, at a terrifying picture of a skeleton. If he succeeds for a week, then he will be cured of his lust. He doesn't succeed, as the front of the mirror keeps drawing him into a sexual fantasy of him and Wang Xifeng, which ultimately kills him. ** Second Sister You as well, to an extent. Wang Xifeng plans to kill her, but never does the killing herself. The most she does is manipulate the people around Second Sister You, and [[DrivenToSuicide lets events play out]].

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* IllGirl: Lin DaiyuMarryThemAll: ** Jia Zheng has Lady Wang (Baoyu's mum), Concubine Zhao, and Concubine Zhou. ** Jia Lang, who by nature is something of a HaremSeeker. He is the husband of Wang Xifeng and Second Sister You.
19th Jan '15 8:06:16 PM cgaurd52
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Cao Xueqin died before the work could be completed, leaving other authors to finish the book from notes that he wrote.

* ExecutiveMeddling: Possibly. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_of_the_Red_Chamber#Versions_and_textual_challenges the Other Wiki]] for details.
10th Feb '14 12:56:41 AM HermioneP
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: In Chapter 9, Jia Zheng, Bao Yu's father, questioned Li Gui, a servant, about what Bao Yu had been learning in class, and spoke of punishing him for allowing Bao Yu to neglect his studies. Li Gui nervously reported that Bao Yu was in the middle of learning the third volume of Shi Jing (Odes of Poetry) and quoted a line. But he messed up the second half of the line really badly. Everyone present laughed, even Jia Zheng who couldn't help himself.
2nd Dec '12 2:30:14 AM SeptimusHeap
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It Got Worse cleanup/rename - Abuse and Zero Context Examples will be deleted
* {{It Got Worse}}: All of the lead characters and the extended family face death, strife, spiritual corruption and financial ruin. And so on.
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