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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Just as he'd finished reciting the poem for the second time, Qiulian picked up her
robe and got up out of bed, declaring, “I'm all better!” As he continued to recite the
poem again, the lovely Qiulian trembled with happiness. Feeling even more ...
Upon returning home, Changong was so distracted by thoughts of Qiulian that he
succumbed to illness. This was such a cause of concern that his family had a
shaman brought in to treat him. Changong privately told his mother, “This
Qiulian then recited the Wang Jian poem that he'd previously recited for her. “This
poem comes from the heart,” he said, “for how else can it cure both of us? When I
hear your voice, my body and spirit already feel restored. Try to recite 'The ...
Changong told his father about the value that Qiulian said the goods would have.
Mu Xiaohuan really didn't believe the plan would work, so he only took half of
their profits to invest as Qiulian had advised. After returning home, he went to ...
Qiulian then had Mu Xiaohuan travel even further south to purchase the goods
she'd listed in an account book. Qiulian's mother meanwhile invited her son-inlaw
to come live with her on her boat. Mu Xiaohuan returned three months later.