Strange Tales from Liaozhai - Vol. 6
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 sixth of 6 volumes.
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As years went by, Kunsheng gradually grew up, till he ended up being engaged
to a family named Jiang. In response, the frog god announced to the head of the
Jiang family, “Xue Kunsheng is my son-in-law, so how dare you interfere with ...
When Kunsheng fixed his eyes on Shiniang, he fell in love with her, leaving him
speechless, unable to respond. The old woman told him, “I can tell that you favor
this match. If you'll please return home first, I'll accompany Shiniang to follow ...
Kunsheng became even more irate and fired back, “I suspect that everything we'
ve gained has been tainted, so I couldn't possibly consider bequeathing it to my
descendants. It'd be better if you'd please just leave.” Then he chased Shiniang ...
Kunsheng's mother had nothing to say to this, weeping to herself, ashamed and
abashed. Kunsheng entered and upon seeing streaks of tears on his mother's
face asked her what was wrong, then angrily reproved his wife. Shiniang
She turned with a smile to face Kunsheng, and the whole family exchanged
conflict for happiness. Thus it was that Shiniang's personality became even
milder, and for a couple of years there were no unkind words exchanged. Above
all other ...