This article moves at the crossroads of particular processes of change in the 16th and 17th centuries’ perceptions of love and passion, which have been described as shifts in the collective mentalité. Taking some literary notions of suffering as its departure point, it proceeds to the investigation of writings the main concern of which was how to resolve crisis and suffering. Thus, it tackles the issue of the basic fabric of daily life from the perspective of a logic of the concrete. Methodologically referring to the triangle relation between terms for pain, the relevant concepts and the bodily facts, it seeks for insights on the corporeal realities of pain and suffering in 17th century China, which also provide information about the cultural interface in the experience of pain. The present article argues that, in order to integrate concepts and words with corporeal realities of emotion and suffering, it is necessary to go beyond conceptual metaphors and to explore the social fabric in particular historical periods and geographical regions of China.