thanks for the recaps guys! much appreciated. everyone seems to be raving about the food! I wonder what was served. LOL. "Not go outside"? So these Ki-saengs were the only people who could freely walk about? Because JI seemed to be doing a lot of that when she snuck out to meet Eun-ho. I mean, if it was not allowed AT ALL, then one would think that sooner or later, someone or the other might've noticed that she was gone nearly all the time.
Well, just a brief update on the festivites from Monday night: I learned some very interesting facts about life for women during Hwang Jini's time and about Hwang Jini herself, got to see one of the actual hanbok from the show on a beautiful young lady who did a dance for us and the food was good. Oh, and I met DramaKaren and her two daughters (one of which is a fan of the show and shall go on to become hopelessly addicted like the rest of us ^^)
Okay, for the benefit of anyone happening to read this, I learned that the little knife that the women of the period wore (the thing with which Hwang Jini cut the strings of her instrument early in the series) was used as a weapon, not to defend against an attacker, but to commit suicide in case the woman raped or her honor was violated in some other way. Also, the reason for having these women's services was not in additon to, but rather as a replacement for sexual intimacy at home. For some reason this relates to Confucian ideals and there is also a connection to the manner in which the first Yi Emperor siezed control of the throne (through a coup d' etat) which resulted in this rampant parnaoia in order to maintain control. Aigu, aigu..........
A woman could try to defend herself, I hope. Why should she die because of some brute? Here, have some soup and ground glass, hehe. Honor violated by rape or some other way?? (That's instead of a scream; there isn't a screaming smiley.)