Author of the book, this character's literary name is San Pai. He lived in the late-1700s in Soochow, China, and was educated to be a magistrate, but only succeeded in enough of his education to become a secretary to the magistrates in yamen offices, or government buildings.
This character is the one occupier of his heart since he was thirteen-years-old.
This character is the main character's best friend and companion through their studies and early travel. This character died when they were still teenagers.
A traditional Chinese father, this character was prone to rash judgment and dismissal of his son.
This character is the sing-song girl with whom another character had a long friendship.
This character is the author's daughter and first-born.
This character is the author's son.
This character is the concubine the author befriended during his...
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