The seven stories in Falling in Love can, however, stand by themselves, with the background not so foreign, even to those unfamiliar with the period, and the allusions mostly understandable from context. They are good entertainment, with variety in plot and mood. Most link scholars with the daughters of scholars, but in one a lower-class oil-seller woos a high-class courtesan, another features a butcher, and one describes a homosexual love affair; some incorporate mystery elements. And there is a mix of comedy, tragedy, and suspense.
Falling in Love also offers a perspective on the broader culture and society of Ming China, not just on romantic love.
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