The Dream of the Red Chamber (also known as The Story of the Stone) is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of China, and considered the greatest of them all. Almost 40 main characters and some 500 minor characters tell the fortunes of the Chia family; the book details mainly the life of Chia Pao-yü, the heir apparent, who is described as very intelligent, but also as carefree and self-indulging. The already wealthy Chia family rises to new heights when Pao-yü's elder sister becomes an imperial consort. On her first visit home, a lush garden is built, where much of the rest of the story takes place. The intrigues surrounding Pao-yü and his cousins, especially Lin Tai-yü who he loves, and Hsüeh Pao-ch'ai who he is finally tricked into marrying, make up a large part of the story. The decline of the Chia family begins with the death of the imperial consort, and when they fall into disfavour with the emperor, their mansions and the garden are eventually destroyed.
The whole book has 120 chapters, only 80 of which were written by Cao Xueqin before his death in 1764. Cheng Weiyuan and Gao E claimed to have access to Cao's papers, and published what is now known as the Cheng-Gao version in 1791. Henry Bencraft Joly translated only part of the book written by Cao. Book I contains the first 24 chapters, Book II ends abruptly with chapter 56; a Book III was never published. ( Ava)
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The title: Hung Lou Meng 红楼梦 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/hongloumeng.mp3
The author: Cao Xueqin （Tsao Hsüeh-ch'in）曹雪芹 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/caoxueqin.mp3
Lin Tai-yü 林黛玉 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/lintaiyu.mp3
Hsüeh Pao-ch'ai 薛宝钗 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/hsuehpaochai.mp3
Chia Yuan Ch'un 贾元春 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiayuanchun.mp3
Chia Ying Ch'un贾迎春 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiayingchun.mp3
Chia T'an Ch'un贾探春 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiatanchun.mp3
Chia Hsi Ch'un贾惜春 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiahsichun.mp3
Li Wan李纨 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/liwan.mp3
Miao Yü妙玉 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/miaoyu.mp3
Shih Hsiang-yün史湘云 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/shihhsiangyun.mp3
Wang Hsi-feng (aka Lady Feng) 王熙凤 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/wanghsifeng.mp3
Ch'in K'o-ch'ing (aka Mrs. Ch'in) 秦可卿 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chinkoching.mp3
(Madame) Hsing 邢 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/mmehsing.mp3
(Madame) Wang王 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/mmewang.mp3
(Mrs.) Yu 尤（氏） https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/mrsyu.mp3
Tzu Chüan 紫鹃 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/tzuchuan.mp3
Hsüeh Yen 雪雁 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/hsuehyen.mp3
Hua Hsi Jen 花袭人 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/huahsijen.mp3
Ch'ing Wen 晴雯 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chingwen.mp3
She Yüeh 麝月 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/sheyueh.mp3
P'ing Erh 平儿 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/pingerh.mp3
Hsiao Hung 小红 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/hsiaohung.mp3
Yüan Yang 鸳鸯 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/yuanyang.mp3
Hsiang Ling 香菱 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/hsiangling.mp3
Chin Ch'uan-erh 金钏儿 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chinchuanerh.mp3
Ying Erh 莺儿 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/yingerh.mp3
Hu Po 琥珀 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/hupo.mp3
Ssu Chi 司棋 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/ssuchi.mp3
Shih Shu 侍书 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/shihshu.mp3
Chih Neng 智能 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chihneng.mp3
Pan Erh 板儿 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/panerh.mp3
(Prince of) Pei Ching 北静 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/peiching.mp3
Gents of the four families:
Lin Ju-hai 林如海 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/linjuhai.mp3
Hsüeh P'an 薛蟠 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/hsuehpan.mp3
Chia Pao-yü 贾宝玉 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiapaoyu.mp3
Chia Lien 贾琏 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chialien.mp3
Chia She 贾赦 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiashe.mp3
Chia Cheng 贾政 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiacheng.mp3
fourth tone: Imagine this conversation:
What do you think we ought to do with the murderer?
He ought to be hung -- a decisive statement, the pitch dropping on the hung, as if there's no question he will get the noose.
Chia Chen 贾珍 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiachen.mp3
first tone: level tone, rhymes with Jen (Jenny) in English. Hey, Jen, let's go for a ride.
Chia Ching 贾敬 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiaching.mp3
Chia Jung 贾蓉 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiajung.mp3
Chia Huan 贾环 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiahuan.mp3
Chia Jui 贾瑞 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiajui.mp3
Chia Se 贾蔷 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiase.mp3
Chia Yün 贾芸 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiayun.mp3
Chia Chu 贾珠 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiachu.mp3
Chen Shih-yin 甄世隐 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chenshihyin.mp3
Chia Yü-ts'un 贾雨村 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiayutsun.mp3
Leng Tzu-hsing 冷子兴 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/lengtzuhsing.mp3
Pu Shih-jen 卜世仁 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/pushihjen.mp3
Ch'in Chung 秦钟 aka Ch'in Ching-ch'ing 秦鲸卿 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chinchung.mp3
Chin Jung 金荣 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chinjung.mp3
Chou Jui 周瑞 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/choujui.mp3
Chiao Ta 焦大 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chiaota.mp3
Li Kuei 李贵 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/likuei.mp3
Lin Chih-hsiao 林之孝 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/linchihhsiao.mp3
Ming Yen 茗烟 (later) Pei Ming 焙茗（bei ming） https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/mingyen.mp3
Titles (used both for persons and places):
Jung Kuo 荣国 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/jungkuo.mp3
Ning Kuo 宁国 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/ningkuo.mp3
Yang Chou 扬州 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/yangchou.mp3
Chin Ling 金陵 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/chinling.mp3
Ta Li 大理 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/tali.mp3
Ch'ang An 长安 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/changan.mp3
Ta Kuan (Garden) 大观 https://librivox.org/uploads/availle/drcnames/takuan.mp3
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