Sunday, June 1, 2014


Gentle coolness surrounds the dreamer early spring!
The breezes which caress him fragrant as wine!

In silent admiration Pao Yu let his eyes wander round the splendid furnishings of the room. Here on the dressing table was a bronze mirror which would have done honor to the mirror palace of the Empress Wu of the T'ang dynasty. There was a magnificent flat golden dish on which the celebrated dancer “Flying Swallow” might once have danced before her Imperial lord. That splendid jewel-studded couch on a raised dais would have been worthy to adorn the bedroom of Princess Shou Yang in the Han Chang palace. The strings of pearls which hung around the couch might have been fastened there by the hand of Princess Tung Chang.

"What a beautiful room!" cried Pao Yu, enraptured.

"Yes, isn't it? Even spirits and genii could feel happy here," remarked his niece, smiling. 


Cao Xueqin, Dream of the Red Chamber (Hóng Lóu Mèng) (紅樓夢), ch. 5.


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