This post is to conclude my previous two posts “Xin’s Love Story Explained” (https://chineselyricpoetry.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/xins-love-story-explained/) and “Xin’s Story Elaborated” (https://chineselyricpoetry.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/xins-story-elaborated/). To sum up, I have a theory that Xin, Qi-ji (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xin_Qiji), had a Jurchen lover in the north to prevent him from starting an insurgent group of his own despite the intentional avoidance of him by Southern Song. Xin’s grandfather would not have been a reason enough for Xin to stay in the south, because he chose to betray Xin by not coming down with him in a simple scenario without a Jurchen girl. Xin needed a stronger reason to bear with Southern Song’s disregard of his requests to restore Northern Song. After all, all his hero friends were fighting in the north without the leadership and the support of Southern Song anyway. Why not join them given his disappointment with the Southern Song government? Xin was the best of the best among insurgent forces. Something was definitely not right.
The theory is perfect except for one single problem. We don’t really want to promote a love story with an enemy in a Chinese movie. So, I must arrange a Han Chinese girl for Xin in the south for his story to be acceptable on the silver screen. Now, this is technical. That Han girl must be good, but somehow it did not work for Xin. Otherwise, the story would not be consistent with the actual history. Plus, it must have been quite brief and secretive. Otherwise, it would have been documented. The Song government kept a very good record of nearly everything. It just can’t be that Xin actually tried to work out a serious relationship with a Han Chinese without any documentation. History is history. I don’t want a fiction involving a real person. When I say I want a true story, I mean I want a true story, period.
Two banal theories may easily come to you, which I am going to refute just here. Firstly, why couldn’t Xin be homosexual? Well, most ancient Chinese homosexual relationships were well documented. It wasn’t really that much a taboo as in the ancient West or the modern China. Plus, Xin was the best poet and warrior of his time. Matchmakers would have knocked his door every single day if he had not revealed his homosexual lover in his private circle. It was simply too much trouble to hide something that wasn’t too unacceptable among very close friends. Secondly, why couldn’t Xin suffer from permanent erectile difficulty? Well, he would have spoken to doctors and even good doctors, hence only to be documented. So, why didn’t he simply choose to be a monk to avoid suspicion? That would have been a perfect cover to prevent trouble. Obviously, he did not want to give up on love. He wanted to get married and have a family. It was just that, for whatever reason it was, love did not come his way. Having a love too deep in the past makes perfect sense. I may be wrong, but you will have come up with a better theory to beat me on this one.
Why not just marry that Jurchen girl? Well, you don’t really understand the meaning of patriotic love if you ask that question. Why not just break up with her? Well, you don’t really understand the meaning of romantic love if you ask that question. It’s complicated enough that we can have a good movie if we examine every angle carefully enough. Han Chinese people should be able to forgive Xin today because Jurchen people are already Chinese in the modern day China. We don’t really want to portray them as the typical crude and mindless bad guy to promote division. Both sides need to be interesting and likable in some way to show why we are one big family now and want to be together forever, though we were enemies to each other a thousand years ago.