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I must claim the quoter's privilege of giving only as much of the text as will suit my purpose, said Tan-Chun. If I told you how it went on, I should end up by contradicting myself!

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Cao Xueqin (? 1715 - c. 1763) is the author of famous Chinese work Dream of the Red Chamber. His given name was Cao Zhan.

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