The Dream of the Red Chamber Book II

Xueqin CAO (c. 1724 - 1764), translated by Henry Bencraft JOLY (1857 - 1898)

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.

Genre(s): Literary Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter XXV, Part 1 Ravi
00:27:57
Play 02 Chapter XXV, Part 2 Silvi Roth
00:22:25
Play 03 Chapter XXVI, Part 1 Silvi Roth
00:24:02
Play 04 Chapter XXVI, Part 2 Silvi Roth
00:25:23
Play 05 Chapter XXVII, Part 1 DavidReader
00:22:08
Play 06 Chapter XXVII, Part 2 DavidReader
00:25:29
Play 07 Chapter XXVIII, Part 1 DavidReader
00:39:03
Play 08 Chapter XXVIII, Part 2 DavidReader
00:31:24
Play 09 Chapter XXIX, Part 1 DavidReader
00:33:18
Play 10 Chapter XXIX, Part 2 DavidReader
00:32:27
Play 11 Chapter XXX, Part 1 Minn
00:18:00
Play 12 Chapter XXX, Part 2 Rouyi
00:25:03
Play 13 Chapter XXXI, Part 1 DavidReader
00:28:14
Play 14 Chapter XXXI, Part 2 DavidReader
00:22:31
Play 15 Chapter XXXII, Part 1 Yuqing
00:18:25
Play 16 Chapter XXXII, Part 2 Yuqing
00:21:59
Play 17 Chapter XXXIII Yuqing
00:36:14
Play 18 Chapter XXXIV, Part 1 Yuqing
00:24:35
Play 19 Chapter XXXIV, Part 2 Yuqing
00:25:32
Play 20 Chapter XXXV, Part 1 DavidReader
00:27:53
Play 21 Chapter XXXV, Part 2 DavidReader
00:29:55
Play 22 Chapter XXXVI, Part 1 DavidReader
00:26:02
Play 23 Chapter XXXVI, Part 2 DavidReader
00:29:07
Play 24 Chapter XXXVII, Part 1 DavidReader
00:37:59
Play 25 Chapter XXXVII, Part 2 DavidReader
00:38:31
Play 26 Chapter XXXVIII, Part 1 Tina Ding
00:26:54
Play 27 Chapter XXXVIII, Part 2 Tina Ding
00:24:34
Play 28 Chapter XXXIX, Part 1 Mara Bella
00:27:43
Play 29 Chapter XXXIX, Part 2 Mara Bella
00:24:50
Play 30 Chapter XL, Part 1 DavidReader
00:35:01
Play 31 Chapter XL, Part 2 DavidReader
00:33:03
Play 32 Chapter XLI, Part 1 Yuqing
00:22:55
Play 33 Chapter XLI, Part 2 Yuqing
00:22:09
Play 34 Chapter XLII, Part 1 DavidReader
00:28:58
Play 35 Chapter XLII, Part 2 DavidReader
00:29:21
Play 36 Chapter XLIII, Part 1 DavidReader
00:27:17
Play 37 Chapter XLIII, Part 2 DavidReader
00:28:03
Play 38 Chapter XLIV, Part 1 DavidReader
00:24:57
Play 39 Chapter XLIV, Part 2 DavidReader
00:26:57
Play 40 Chapter XLV, Part 1 DavidReader
00:31:08
Play 41 Chapter XLV, Part 2 DavidReader
00:29:46
Play 42 Chapter XLVI, Part 1 DavidReader
00:33:35
Play 43 Chapter XLVI, Part 2 DavidReader
00:28:41
Play 44 Chapter XLVII, Part 1 Yuqing
00:21:15
Play 45 Chapter XLVII, Part 2 Yuqing
00:27:35
Play 46 Chapter XLVIII, Part 1 DavidReader
00:23:52
Play 47 Chapter XLVIII, Part 2 DavidReader
00:26:17
Play 48 Chapter XLIX, Part 1 DavidReader
00:27:25
Play 49 Chapter XLIX, Part 2 DavidReader
00:27:06
Play 50 Chapter L, Part 1 Yuqing
00:23:50
Play 51 Chapter L, Part 2 Yuqing
00:29:22
Play 52 Chapter LI, Part 1 Yuqing
00:21:50
Play 53 Chapter LI, Part 2 Yuqing
00:27:33
Play 54 Chapter LII, Part 1 Yuqing
00:29:40
Play 55 Chapter LII, Part 2 Yuqing
00:26:52
Play 56 Chapter LIII, Part 1 Yuqing
00:30:23
Play 57 Chapter LIII, Part 2 Yuqing
00:31:56
Play 58 Chapter LIV, Part 1 Yuqing
00:28:08
Play 59 Chapter LIV, Part 2 Yuqing
00:33:23
Play 60 Chapter LV, Part 1 Yuqing
00:30:39
Play 61 Chapter LV, Part 2 Yuqing
00:30:30
Play 62 Chapter LVI, Part 1 Yuqing
00:33:56
Play 63 Chapter LVI, Part 2 Yuqing
00:30:43