A Mysterious Woman in A Dream of Red Mansions: Qin Keqing

Chunling GENG


Written in the mid-eighteenth century during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, A Dream of Red Mansions is regarded as one of the greatest Chinese classical novels. It has been popular throughout the last two hundred years and more. The whole work through which is full of mysteries not only about the book, but also about the author. Among many characters in A Dream of Red Mansions, Qin Keqing is the most mysterious. Some researchers claimed that she was the key to all the mysteries in A Dream of Red Mansions and the huge secret hidden behind the book are attached to her. This article tries to explore and analyze these mysteries about Qin Keqing, revealing the great mysteries hidden in the book.


Qin Keqing; A Dream of Red Mansions; Mystery

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/8179


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