Strange Tales from Liaozhai - Vol. 2
The weird and whimsical short stories in Strange Tales from Liaozhai show their author, Pu Songling (1640-1715), to be both an explorer of the macabre, like Edgar Allan Poe, and a moralist, like Aesop. In this first complete translation of the collection's 494 stories into English, readers will encounter supernatural creatures, natural disasters, magical aspects of Buddhist and Daoist spirituality, and a wide range of Chinese folklore. Annotations are provided to clarify unfamiliar references or cultural allusions, and introductory essays have been included to explain facets of Pu Songling's work and to provide context for some of the unique qualities of his uncanny tales.
This is the second of 6 volumes.
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He asked his guest's surname and was told, “My name is Huang, the ninth child
in my family. I wasn't given a courtesy name since I wasn't old enough for one.” “
Why do you keep coming by here?” asked He. Huang explained, “My mother
Overjoyed, He apologized for what had happened and vigorously insisted that
Huang join him in the study so they could sit together and have an enjoyable
conversation, secretly feeling lucky that the young man wasn't holding his former
Pu Songling. He Zixiao asked him what it was, and Huang replied, “My mother is
suffering pains to her heart, and only Doctor Qi's potent heavenly pills can cure
her. You have a good relationship with him, so you can get them from him for
Huang requested some tea, so He invited them in for refreshment. “Don't worry,
third sister,” said Huang, “this is my sworn brother, so there's no harm if we take a
short rest here.” Helping her dismount, Huang tied her donkey to He's gate and ...
The mother laughed and said, “How childish of Huang—why didn't he talk it over
with me?” The girl then entered He's kitchen and prepared a meal for her mother,
who left once she'd finished eating He received a beautiful wife and was ...