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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... containing the hair of his favorite concubine—a warning of his vulnerability to
powers from the spirit realm—and the news that his shipment of six hundred
thousand taels “has already been received into the accounts of the imperial
Pointing to the account book, the mage commented, “You've put down one
hundred taels.” Zhou reacted with sheepish embarrassment. “Yet you've paid two
hundred for a woman to drink with you,” the mage angrily chided, “so let's see
then begged it to accept fifty taels, prompting it suddenly to withdraw a bit, and it
shrank by about a chi; he proposed giving an additional twenty taels, prompting
the frog to continue getting smaller until it was about half its original size; when
The mage's wife asked him what he was doing, but he made no reply, emptying
out everything that'd been stashed away in money bags, before announcing to
the crowd, “I've been secretly hoarding eight taels in silver, but now I'm taking
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