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.
Xu Sheng was from Yan. He'd gone with his elder brother, a successful merchant,
to Fujian, but their merchandise wasn't bringing them much income. Travelers
told them that there was a great sage who'd been putting his power on display, ...
Sheng observed his reaction and began making his complaints even more
boisterously; when the innkeeper and others heard this, they covered their ears
and ran out. In consequence, Xu Sheng fell ill that night with a violent headache.
When his brother heard these words, he became very angry with Sheng,
declaring that the god would vent his anger on ... knots, Xu Sheng purchased a
coffin and laid his brother in it, then went to the temple of the great sage, shook
his finger ...
Xu Sheng hurriedly knelt to offer his formal thanks for the god's benevolence. “
Now you've proven worthy, so you can leave together,” replied Sun Wukong. “If
you can dedicate yourselves to doing good works, that should guarantee good ...
One day, Xu Sheng happened to be wandering out in the countryside when
suddenly a man dressed in cheap clothing came up to him and cried, “Master,
what's troubling you?” Sheng was preoccupied with his family's hardships, so he