“High judgments at the palace gate” Liu Fu in summary

Notes on Xiaolian

One powerful person, nicknamed Lilanzhong, bought something like a slave girl thirteen years old. It turned out that she was not inclined to music, nor to homework, so he decided to return her to her former mistress. The girl begged not to do this, promised to thank him and in time not only learned to sing and dance, but also became an extraordinary beauty.

Soon between them arose a passionate love.

Somehow in the middle of the night a beautiful woman disappeared from the bedchamber. Lee was angry, suspected of a secret love meeting. When the girl appeared in the morning, he attacked her with reproaches. I had to admit that she was not from the world of people, but she was not evil. On the last day of each moon, she must appear before the messenger of the god of the earth. Lee did not believe, and the next time he detained the maid. She still slipped away, but when she came back she showed him an incised back – she was punished for being

late. Since then, Lee has not been angry anymore. Soon it turned out that the virgin is a skilled healer and soothsayer. When Lee was going to leave for a year on business, she predicted the death of his wife, discord with officials and resignation. He persuaded her to go together, but she explained that she had no right to leave the place.

Everything happened, as the beauty predicted. Lee returned, and they healed together. Once Xiaolian told that in her last birth she profaned herself with vile precepts, guile, conscience, killed the mistress, tempted her master and was condemned to punishment as a fox. Now she repents and begs Li after her death to go out the gate, meet the fox hunter and buy from him the one with the long purple hair in his ears. This fox needs to be buried according to the human rite.

It all happened, as Xiaolian said. But he also fulfilled his promise. Since then, the place where he buried his lover, is called Fox Mountain.

Wang Xie – seafarer

Once a young man named Wang Xie from a wealthy family who traded in sea trade, equipped the ship and sailed with the goods

to distant countries. We sailed for a month, when a severe storm broke out. Soon the ship split in two. To escape from the whole team was able to one Wang Xie.

Three days it was carried by the sea, until it was nailed to the ground. He climbed ashore, and towards the old man with the old woman, dressed in all black. To Van’s surprise, they recognized him as master and master, questioned what had happened, fed, and heated.

A month later he was introduced to the local sovereign.

It was still time, and Wang Xie married a beautiful daughter of an old man with an old woman. They lived together. I learned from my wife that the country here is called the realm of the Black clothes, but why the parents call Wang Xie the master, the wife did not tell him – they say, he himself will find out about everything.

Noted Wang Xie that his wife every day becomes sadder, sooner their separation predicts. Indeed – the tsar ordered the return of the guest home. At parting, the inconsolable wife gave him a magic potion, capable of reviving the dead, and the sovereign sent a scab of bird fluff.

Wang Xie turned into a nightmare. They ordered him to close his eyelids and not open his eyes to the house, so as not to collapse into the sea. Then they sprinkled water from the local lake, and only the whistling of the wind and the rumbling of the water shafts reached Wang Xie’s ear.

Then all was quiet. He was at home.

He looked, but on the arrow two swallows sadly whistled. Then he realized that he lived in the country of swallows. Home approached with questions. He told them everything. I noticed that you can not see your beloved son anywhere. It turned out, from the fortnight, how he died. Then ordered Wang Xie open the coffin, attached a magic pill – the gift of the swallow wife. The boy revived at once.

It was autumn. The swallows were going to fly away. Wang Xie tied a letter to the tail of one of them, and in the spring he received the same answer. But more swallows never flew.

This story became known. Even the place where Wang Xie lived was called the Swallow Lane.

Zhang Hao –

Zhang Hao came from a family rich and noble, and he himself was an extraordinary scholarship. An enviable groom! Only he did not think about the wedding. I arranged a wonderful garden in my estate, met my friends.

Once in the spring saw an extraordinary beauty. It turned out to be a young lady from the estate of neighbors, the family of Lee. They talked. Soon they felt a mutual inclination. But the girl did not agree to a secret meeting – only for the wedding. She asked the young man something to remember. She received poems, with her own hand, immediately inscribed, glorifying their meeting.

Matchmaker started negotiations, but things did not go well. A year has passed. Lovers languished without each other. It so happened that Lee’s family was about to leave. The young lady was ill, stayed at home, and at night the lovers secretly met in the garden.

A few months later, the girl’s father suddenly received a new appointment to serve in distant lands. The beautiful woman asked her lover to wait for her return. Two years had no news. And then Uncle Zhang Hao came back, who, as he learned that his nephew is still unmarried, immediately started a wedding conspiracy with a girl from a noble family Sun. Zhang Hao did not dare to contradict.

Unexpectedly, the family of Lee returned. The young lady learned about the betrothal of the betrothed and reproached her father and mother in her heart for their past intractability. And soon disappeared. They were searched everywhere, but found at the bottom of the well. Hardly got out. And immediately sent to Zhang Hao matchmaker, but he already has a word connected.

Then the young lady went to the government and told everything. Began to understand – it seems, with the girl Lee earlier associated himself with the word. And she presented poetry of his own hand. So they decided to break off the engagement with Sun, and to marry Lee’s young lady.

They lived happily until a hundred years and two talented sons gave birth.

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“High judgments at the palace gate” Liu Fu in summary