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About Ming Dynasty Vernacular Fiction and the Cult of Qing

Ching has used emotions in his book to teach people about relationships. Qing has been used in the plot to find a connection between affinity, passion, and infatuation. Qing has played a major role in the vernacular stories especially in portraying the theme of Yuan and clandestine affairs. People believe that destiny is determined in heaven but Qing is the main catalyst that establishes affinity between man and woman. The story reunion of husbands and wives has demonstrated the role of qing in this reunion. Qing is demonstrated as the husband is weeping in a dish that is similar to his lost wife. Weeping in the dish that is similar to his lost wife symbolizes reunion of the husband with his wife.

There are many coincidences in the plot of the story that shows Qing attracting and turning characters into the direction of Yuan without their knowledge. There is a close relationship between Qing and Yuan because absence of these two themes interrupts the reunion between a husband and a wife.

In reflection to the theme of clandestine affairs, Qing establishes affection that is not supposed to be seen and heard. This makes a husband and wife hide their true feelings from one another.  The story Ching-shi shows how Mo is in love with a girl who has already been engaged to a man in an official family. He runs away with the girl and gives up his fame and honor. The girl’s father who covers her daughters escape continues to hide her even after returning. This event shows that Qing has established dandestine love and has made the father and the couple hide the clandestine affair.