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The story of Tsui Ying-ying takes place during the Tang dynasty which is one of the most well known dynasties This story is one that is good example to see what it was like to live during that time especially in the context of romantic love and marriage The story of Ying-ying seems to be filled with double standards and examples of how people react and deal with love outside of the framework of marriage during this time period In this time period of classic China romantic love and passion are things that are not a prerequisite for marriage as they are assumed to be in the modern world Chang the protagonist in this story is portrayed as a person of great beauty referring to his qualities as a gentleman This introduction to his character is important as we can see his actions as acceptable and normal in the context of that society and time He is also introduced as a man who has not yet enjoyed a womans beauty which can hold several meanings This could mean that he has not been in love or perhaps that he has not yet even been with a prostitute a thing that is culturally a norm for men to do After paying careful attention to the text I can see that what it means to say is that he has not yet been in love when Chang says that sometimes I have idled with wearers of silk and gauze but my fancy was never once detained To me this means to say that although he has slept with women he has never had a relationship because as he said earlier he does not want to be devoid of feeling This alone gives great insight towards understanding the culture of the time Further understanding of social norms are seen within the relationship between Ying-ying and Chang and their interactions At first although Chang claims to have
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