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The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber; Volume 1: The Golden Days Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapters 19 & 20 Summary

Cao Xueqin
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Chapters 19 & 20 Summary

After the festivities of Yuan-chun's visit, all of the Jia family except Xi-feng settle down to rest and recuperate. Bao-yu finds himself alone and wanders to his Cousin Zhen's study to look at a painting that he likes. Once near the study he hears moaning, and peeps inside to see Tealeaf having sex with a girl. Bao-yu scolds the two, promises not to tell anyone about their activities, and then asks if Tealeaf wants her for a wife. Tealeaf changes the subject and the two decide to visit Aroma at her parent's home. The family is honored to have Bao-yu as a visitor and treat him royally. Aroma insists he ride home in a cab so that he won't be seen leaving their house.

Meanwhile, Bao-yu's other maids have been having a high time back at the house. Nannie Li comes to visit and scolds the maids...

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