What happened, in these instances of misrecognition, is rooted in what Slavoj Zizek defines as "the fundamental dimension of 'ideology'; ideology, is not simply a 'false consciousness', an illusionary representation of reality, it is rather this reality itself which is to be conceived as 'ideological'--'ideological' is a social reality whose very existence implies the non-knowledge of its participants as to its essence--that is, the social effectivity, the very reproduction of which implies that the individuals 'do not know what they are doing' (50) Due to their ideological entrenchment in Martialism
, Chaidana's companions misinterpret her publications.
The weapon form provides a credible correlate or predecessor to the obscure stellar entity Beifang Xuan Wu [??] 'Dark Martialism
of the North' considered to occupy this region of the sky on the Si Xiang [??] 'Four Images' delineation of the celestial sphere.
(14) As Michael Hattaway shows, a "categorical shift" from feudalism to martialism
occurs in the professionalization of the soldier, reflecting a broader change in society with "ties of duty ...
Despite this fatal mistake in her well-informed narrative, she maintains both images of the Rouran's martialism
and Ru Fen's civility in her matrilineal myth.
Here, as elsewhere in the novel, the author uses the language of dueling to describe sex, reminding us of the conflation of antisocial martialism
with extramarital sex.