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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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 ...
Shiniang hated the word “frog,” and spitefully exclaimed, “Since I entered these
gates, your family's farmland has increased production and your business profits
have similarly grown. Now that both the old and the young in your family are ...
Once the construction had been completed, Shiniang came back and entered the
family's hall, where she apologized with ... Thus it was that Shiniang's personality
became even milder, and for a couple of years there were no unkind words ...
Kunsheng was so moved by Shiniang's loyalty that his tears began to fall. His
servants were all happy to see her and ran to tell Kunsheng's father and mother.
Upon hearing the news, his mother didn't wait for the couple to come see her, but
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