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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“The Taiyuan Court Case” (taiyuan yu) features a scrupulous daughter-in-law
opposing an atypical mother-in-law who carries on a sordid affair with a village
troublemaker. The daughter-in-law tries to dissuade the man from staying all
you let your father and mother bring calamity down on people? ... your family are
warmly dressed and well-fed, you're like a young owl that's finally developed
enough strength to fly on its own and suddenly wants to peck out its mother's
A-Duan's mother at first thought that the girl must be thinking of some other family,
but Wanxia assured her that there was no mistake, subsequently relating
everything that had happened to A-Duan. His mother pondered the girl's bearing
“I happen to have been with my mother,” Qiulian replied. “And where was that?”
inquired Changong. Qiulian blushed as she explained, “I mustn't be untruthful
with you now: the creature you paid to release was none other than my mother.
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