Ten Years of Marriage

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Ten Years of Marriage (结婚十年) is a 1943 Chinese novel written by Su Qing 苏青 (1914–1982). [1] Owing to her authentic descriptions of sexual psychology, Su Qing was described as a bold female writer and her work received mixed praise.

Ten Years of Marriage is a semi-autobiographical work which tells the story of a Chinese woman's life after marriage. It depicts her feelings as a new bride, the bitterness and happiness of delivery, her extramarital love and her associations with different kinds of men.

The protagonist, Su Huaiqin is a woman born into a fatherless household. She was considered a xiaojie (someone of poor standing), before she married Xu Chongxian. Her new husband is from a big feudal family. He is called Shaoye (young master), by the family servants. The novel begins with an official notice of their marriage in a newspaper.


The characters in this work are as follows:

  • Su Huaiqin: the wife and the main character.
Su Huaiqin is a woman born into a fatherless household in a feudal family structure. She was a xiaojie, (a person of low standing), before she married Xu Chongxian.
  • Xu Chongxian:the husband of the main character.
Xu Chongxian lives in a large feudal family, and is called Shaoye, (young master), by the family servants.
  • Su Yushu: Huaiqin’s mother
Su Yushu is a devoted mother who loves her daughter, but unfortunately is forced to arrange a bad marriage that destroys her daughter’s happiness.
  • Xu Zhengfu: Chongxian’s father
  • Xu Taitai: Chongxian’s mother
  • Xu Xingying: Chongxian’s younger sister
Xu Xingying is a disagreeable person with an unpleasant appearance. She is depicted as a mean girl and often teases Huaiqin, her sister-in-law. She has a great affection for her brother which could be the motivation for her dislike of her sister-in-law.

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  1. ^ http://www.renditions.org/renditions/authors/suq.html