This paper investigates the narrative patterns of the two female tanci novels, Zai sheng yuan and Bi sheng hua, in the Qing dynasty. As the most influential tanci novel, Zai sheng yuan depicts the heroine’s entrance into public sphere in male like dressing. Its climax falls on the question of whether the heroine should at last return to her inner chamber after gaining her name in public society. Bi sheng hua’s heroine, on the contrary, even though sharing similar adventure experience as of Zai sheng yuan, the focus was on her domestic life after she returned home. This paper attempts to analyze the shift of the narrative discourse in the two contexts in order to propose the self-identity and living circumstance of women in Qing dynasty.