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桃花扇   By: (1648-1718)

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"桃花扇" by Shangren Kong is a beautifully written novel that intertwines love, betrayal, and duty in the backdrop of ancient China. The author deftly captures the complexities of human relationships and emotions, drawing readers in with rich imagery and intricate characters. The story unfolds at a deliberate pace, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the vivid settings and intricate plot twists. Shangren Kong's lyrical prose and attention to detail make for a truly captivating read that will stay with readers long after they have finished the final page. Overall, "桃花扇" is a compelling and poignant tale that offers a unique glimpse into the world of ancient Chinese culture and society.

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第一回 看梅花道院占滿 畫墨蘭妝樓賜字

  詞曰:   公子秣陵僑寓,恰遇南國佳人。奸賊挾仇饞言進,打散鴛鴦情陣。   天翻地復世界,又值無道昏君。烈女濺血扇面存,棲真觀內隨心。     《西江月》

  話說明朝崇禎末年,有一秀士,姓侯,名方域,字朝宗,乃河南歸德府人士。歷代簪纓,累朝世冑,祖為太常,父居司徒。貌美休誇擲果滿車,才洪敢同七步成文。祇因闖賊橫逆,就試南闈不幸名列孫山外。烽煙未靖,祇得寄身水濱,僑寓湖邊,每日惟賦詩飲酒,以為娛樂。嘗æ... Continue reading book >>

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