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The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, Vol. 4: The Debt of Tears
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John Seymour 1. What is the debt of tears?

John Seymour I'm hoping someone has a good answer, because if I had an idea when I came up with the question, I've forgotten it now.

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Patrick Robitaille | 976 comments Considering the number of characters who died in this book (especially Dai-yu in the end), the debt of tears might be owed to the inescapable fate of the characters. Or to Fate, with a capital F...

Book Wormy | 2064 comments Mod
I am with Patrick there are a lot of deaths in this volume.

I think Bao-Yu's family particularly owe a debt to Bao-Yu, Bao-Chai and Lin.

There is also a lot about money in this volume, having to bribe people and how the money is getting low.

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