Cast of characters for The Dreamer in the Spring Boudoir. Minor spoilers up to most recently translated chapter on Patreon. 

Last updated August 2018

Marquis Moyu's household

Old Madame Ning

  • Other names: Marchioness Pingnan

  • Personal servants: Shouwu and Danggui

  • Live at: main courtyard

  • Misc information: mother of Ning Yuxuan, husband is deceased, first rank lady

Ning Yuxuan

  • Other names: Marquis Moyu

  • Personal servant: Guibai

  • Lives at: western courtyard

  • Misc information: the original novel's male lead & 21 years old at the start of the novel

Wives and concubines are listed in the order they entered the household.

Nie Sangyu ("NSY")

  • Personal servant: Muxu (16-17 at the start of the novel). Gets 2 more servant girls later: Gancao and Dengxin

  • Lives at: confinement courtyard at the start of the novel. Moves to Feiwan Courtyard (eastern part of the residence) later.

  • Rank: Concubine at the start of the novel. She had been Ning Yuxuan's main wife for the past 6 years

  • Misc information: 20 years old at the start of the novel

Qi Siling

  • Personal servant: Songlan

  • Lives at: Jiyue Couryard

  • Rank: Honored Concubine

  • Misc information: Used to manage the inner courtyards' expenses before Ning Yuxuan's marriage to Wen Wan

Qian Lianxue

  • Personal servant: Danzhu

  • Lives at: Xuesong Couryard

  • Rank: Honored Concubine

  • Misc information: Known to be kind and have poor health. Doesn't wear makeup. Her older brother is close friends with Ning Yuxuan.

Liu Hanyun

  • Personal servant: Chunpi

  • Lives at: ??

  • Rank: Concubine

  • Misc information: ??

Mu Shuiqing

  • Personal servant: Banxia

  • Lives at: Feiyu Couryard

  • Rank: Concubine

  • Misc information: She was given to Ning Yuxuan by the crown prince. She and the Original! Nie Sangyu always argued when they saw each other

Wen Wan

  • Personal servant: Tanxiang

  • Lives at: Qiangwei Courtyard

  • Rank: Main wife

  • Misc information: the original novel's female lead


  • Personal servant: Dinxiang

  • Lives at: Qiushui Courtyard

  • Rank: concubine

  • Misc information: She was given to Ning Yuxuan by the crown prince in chapter 106.

Nie Clan

Names are listed in order that the characters were introduced in the story.

Name: Nie Xiangyuan
Relationship to NSY: Father
Misc information: Nie Clan patriarch. Third-rank general

Name: Nie Qingyun
Relationship to NSY: Older half brother

Name: Noble Consort Nie
Childhood nickname: Ninglu
Relationship to NSY: Aunt
Personal servant girl: Pengshu

Name: Nie Xiangtian
Relationship to NSY: Uncle

Name: Chen Suqin
Relationship to NYS: Maternal aunt as well as stepmother.
Misc information: Nie Qingyun's mother. Promoted to the position of main wife after her older sister, Nie Sangyu's mother, died.

Name: Chen Suxin
Relationship to NYS: Mother
Misc information: Nie Xiangyun's original main wife. Died while giving birth to Nie Sangyu.

Imperial Family

Listed by birth order

First prince (and also crown prince )

  • Name: Zhao Zhe

  • Mother: Empress

  • Princess consort: Shen Youqing

  • Personal servant: Taxue

Third prince

  • Name: Zhao Jue

  • Mother: Noble Consort Nie

Other Characters

Name: Miss Shui
Relationship to NSY: Shopkeeper and partner to NSY's cold cream and rouge store.

Name: Luo Qianqian
Relationship to NSY: friendly acquaintance from Tonghao Poetry Association
Misc: Married to Prince Huainan’s heir, Zhao Kaifeng

Name: Li Zixiu
Other name: Doctor Li
Misc info: Likes Muxu, has a sickly mother, helped Ji Man/Nie Sangyu pawn off her jewelry at the beginning of the novel

Name: Ning Huaiwen
Other name: Marquis Jingwen
Relationship: Ning Yuxuan's father's young brother

Name: Ning Mingjie
Relationship: Ning Huaiwan's son/Ning Yuxuan's older cousin
Misc info: Supporting male lead

Name: Ning Errong
Relationship: Ning Huaiwan's s daughter/Ning Yuxuan's younger cousin
Personal servant: Baizhi
Misc info: Nie Sangyu's best friend

Ning Clan