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Tess Brock and Culum Struan fell in love and married. In , Jin-qua arranged for May—May, his favourite granddaughter, to become Dirk Struan's mistress. Anyone who presented a half coin to the Tai-Pan of The Noble House must be granted whatever he asked, whether legal or illegal. Finally, British trade opened to private entrepreneurs. Tyler Brock disowned his little Tess, a grudging act that has terrible consequences. The Noble House was on the brink of financial collapse and about to be destroyed by rival Tyler Brock.
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First published: December Tools Request permission Export citation Add to favorites Track citation. In a fateful night in the Malacca Strait, the Vagrant Star ran aground on a reef and sank. At the age of fourteen, Struan swam ashore and found his way to Singapore. Later, Dirk Struan discovered that Tyler Brock survived as well. By , Dirk Struan was a Captain-Owner of his own ship on the opium run.
Tyler Brock was his chief rival.
In , Culum Struan was born. He was the son of Dirk Struan and Ronalda.
Shortly after his birth, Ronalda and Culum were sent to Glasglow. Ronalda would never return to China.
Also this year, Gordon Chen was born. The Company withdrew their licenses and the two men were financially wiped out. Brock was left with his ship, Struan with nothing. Brock entered a secret agreement with another opium trader.
Dirk Struan pilfered a lorcha from pirates in Macau. He became a clandestine opium smuggler for other China traders. He relentlessly confiscated more pirate ships.
Using them to make dangerous illicit opium runs up the China coast, he made even greater profits. In , free trade reform advocates succeeded in ending the monopoly of the British East India Company under the Charter Act of the previous year.
Finally, British trade opened to private entrepreneurs. With the freedom to legally trade, Dirk Struan and Tyler Brock became merchant princes. Their armed fleets expanded and bitter rivalry honed their enmity even keener. In , Jin-qua arranged for May—May, his favourite granddaughter, to become Dirk Struan's mistress. She was secretly assigned the task of teaching "the green-eyed devil" Struan civilised ways. Business concerns of The Noble House included smuggling opium from India into China, trading spices and sugar from the Philippines, importing Chinese tea and silk into England, handling cargo papers, cargo insurance, renting of dockyard facilities and warehouse space, trade financing, and other numerous lines of business and trade.
The company possessed nineteen intercontinental clipper ships. In , Gordon Chen was remarkably intelligent and a very skilled businessman. However, he longed for recognition from his biological father, Dirk Struan.
The Noble House was on the brink of financial collapse and about to be destroyed by rival Tyler Brock. The first part of the arrangement, Struan agreed to certain trade concessions.
The second part of the arrangement, Struan agreed that a member of the Chen family would forever be comprador of Noble House. The third part of the arrangement, Struan agreed to sell Jin Qua a sizeable plot of land in Hong Kong with the deed to be recorded in the name of Gordon Chen. The fourth part of the arrangement, Struan agreed to the "coin debt". Four bronze coins were split irregularly in half, each coin different from the other three. Four-halves were given to Dirk Struan and the other four-halves were kept by Jin Qua.
Anyone who presented a half coin to the Tai-Pan of The Noble House must be granted whatever he asked, whether legal or illegal.
This served as repayment for the loan of silver. Tess Brock and Culum Struan fell in love and married. The couple condemned their fathers' hatred. Tyler Brock disowned his little Tess, a grudging act that has terrible consequences. Gordon Chen seized leadership of the Hong Kong Triads. Partly due to assistance from his father and partly due to running protection rackets, Gordon Chen quickly became the wealthiest Chinese man in Hong Kong.
Gordon Chen concealed this information from his father. When his status as Dragon Head of the Triad was revealed, his position was nearly ruined.
Fortunately, facts were dismissed as lies. Although, Dirk Struan was not entirely convinced. As part of his efforts to protect his father, Gordon Chen arranged the assassination of Gorth Brock and sought a cure for May—May's malaria. On 21 July , Dirk Struan was killed in a typhoon before he can fulfil his oath to destroy Brock.
Dirk Struan and Tyler Brock leave many children, legitimate and illegitimate, who take up their fathers' mantles and continue the battle. Thus begins a vicious cycle which lasts many years. It is passed down through the generations.
The last descendant of Tyler Brock, Quillan Gornt , dies in a boating accident over years later.
After this accident there is no one from the Brock line left to threaten the Noble House. As per normal for Clavell's novels, there is quite a bit of subtext to Tai-Pan. Clavell was a proponent of free trade , an ardent individualist and anti-fascist — the novel alludes to these concepts through the often critical depiction of both European traders and hostile Chinese and to a lesser degree, the British Parliament and their trade policies and practices, especially where the opium trade was concerned.
Dirk Struan embodies Clavell's concept of the Hero whose vision for a proper form of cultural integration between East and West finds Dirk throwing off much of what he disliked of both Chinese and European society, yet fusing all that he does admire into a new way of living. As with Clavell's other novels, the setting and many characters are based on actual events, which set the stage for the novel.
The company was preeminent among the " Hongs ", trading companies then operating under the Canton System in the southern Chinese port of the same name now known as Guangzhou , and later Hong Kong.