The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber; Volume 1: The Golden Days - Study Guide Chapters 1 & 2 Summary & Analysis

Cao Xueqin
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"The Story of the Stone" is the first volume of a five volume series that tells the story of the prestigious Chinese Jia family. The main story line follows the growing up years of cousins Bao-yu, Dai-yu, and Bao-chai and charts the developing love triangle between these three main characters. Through his novel, Cao Xueqin attempts to describe the lifestyle of a wealthy family. This story is told against the backdrop of a fictional magical stone that has been brought to life in the character of the mischievous boy Bao-yu.

Chapter one opens with the goddess Nu-wa having made too many stones for her task of repairing the sky. The one remaining stone is left sitting at the foot of Greensickness Peak, feeling rejected and useless. A monk and Taoist happen by, and the monk recognizes the stone's magical abilities. He picks up the stone and promises...

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