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$6621-Mudan-Dengji

$6621-Mudan-Dengji

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PEONY LANTERN (MUDAN DENGJI)
By: Qu YouTranslated by Jeremy Yang2001
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Yuan Dynasty, when Fang Guozhen occupied Eastern Zhejiang, there was a certain scholar surnamed Qiao. His wife was just passed away, so he lived alone in the town next to hill. On the evening of annual Lantern Festival, after three shifts, peoples at street had been getting scarce. Suddenly Qiao saw a little maid, carrying a double headed peony lantern, followed by beautiful woman. Her age about seventeen years old, wearing a red dress with green sleeves. She passed gently to the West. As He watched them under the moon, he thought the woman was very beautiful and attractive. Qiao then decided to follow them. Sometimes he walked in front of them, sometime behind them. Suddenly the woman smiled and said "I guess we are not incidentally meet sir, there should be a purpose behind it."Qiao overjoyed to hear it, he immediately walked to the pretty girl and inviting them to his house. The woman didn't show any embarrassment nor rejection. They walked hand in hand into the house. As she very affectionate, Qiao thoughtshe must be the Goddess of Wushan. (The legendary Goddess from Mount Wushan who sleep with King Huai from Chu)When Qiao asked about her birth name and address, the girl answered "My surname is Fu, Liqing is my zi (style name) and Shufang is my ming (given name). My father was the late Fenghua County’s Magistrate. After my parents demise, our family fortune was decline. Since i don't have brother or sister, thereupon i move to Huxi with my maid,
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Jinlian."Upon hearing it, Qiao ask Miss Fu to stay in his house, that night they shared a bed. When the dawn arisen, Fu Liqing said that she must went away, but she would be back at evening. Actually she visited Qiao every night.There was one of old neighbor who suspect Qiao's mysterious guest. One night he drilled a hole in the wall and peek. But how astonished he was, to see Qiao sat side by side with a skeleton on bed.The next morning he confronted Qiao, but the scholar refused to tell the truth. The old man then admonished him, "Young man, don't you aware that your partner was a wicked demon from hell. Her intention was mere absorbing your jing (vital essence). Once your  jing is exhausted then it should be your doom!"Qiao was startled and panicked to hear that. The old man advised him further "She said she lived in Xiangxi. If you visit it, probably you woukd find some clue" Qiao obeyed him, he quickly traveled to Xiangxi. He asked every people on the street,  but nobody knew where about the girls. As evening came, Qiao lodged at an old temple known as Huxin temple. Inside the darkroom, he found a coffin with an inscription "Fenghua county's Magistrate daughter, Fu Liqing."Near the coffin hung a double headed  peony lamp, and a paper doll with "Jinlian" word inscribed on it.The scholar was scared until all hair in his body stood on end. He quickly ran out from the temple and dare not to return. He spent the night in his neighbor's home. The old man advise him "Master Wei from Xuanmiao Temple is Wang Zhenren disciples, he is the best exorcist today. You should consult him tomorrow." The next morning Qiao rushed to the mentioned place. As Master Wei saw Qiao, he addressed him "Your body is shrouded by evil energy, what happened to you?" Qiao detailed told his experience. Master Wei smiled on hearing his story, he gave him two talisman. One must hung on the door, and the other must placed on the bed. In addition, the Master warned him never go to Huxin temple again. Qiao accepted the talisman and set it as Master told him. Since that day, Miss Fu and his maid never came again. A month later, Qiao was seriously intoxicated at his friend banquet. Dead drunk, he forgot about Master Wei's warning, thus he visited Huxin temple in his way home. In front of the temple door Jinlian was welcoming him "My lady has been waiting for you for a long time"The scholar followedher to the dark room, Miss Fu appeared and addressed him "I love you with all of my heart, but how could you believe in rumors and doubt me? I hate
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you, but it's so unfortunate that we meet now." The pretty girls hold Qiao's hand tightly. She brought him to jump inside the coffin and close it casket, the scholar was died immediately.The old neighbor was worried since Qiao hadn't return for long time. He searched until he stopped at Huxin temple. In the darkroom, he saw Qiao's skirt exposed from the bier. The monks from the temple opened the coffin on his request. Inside they found Qiao's corpse next to young girl's corpse. The woman face was look as if she was still alive. The monks exclaimed "This woman was Fenghua county monarch's daughter. Her family left her coffin here, when they went to North. It's been 12 years now and we hadn't hear a single news from them." The monks then prepared funeral for Qiao.Since then, every overcast day or the black night, peoples often saw Qiao walking together hand in hand with Miss Fu, followed by her maid carrying double peony lantern. The person who accidentally met them would immediately get sick. Local residents panicked, they paid homage to Master Wei and told the story. The old master said "My talisman can only repel evil spirit before it take a shape. Now as the evil spirit have been formed, i think only holy Taoist from Si Mingshan Peak can handle them."So the crowds climbed the Si Mingshan and found the Taoist hermitage. The priest was sitting against the table, looking at a boy played with crane.Everyone bowed in front of the priest and asked for his help. The Taoist priest replied their request " I am just a mountain hermit who will die sooner or later. I don't know odd technique. i think you all have searched for wrong person." The crowd then explained that they came here on advice of Master Wei from Xianmiao Temple. Reassured for their  purpose, the Taoist responded "This lady has been wandering for six years, and the guy looks interesting. I will take the trouble to meet them."The priest and his lad walked to the West and built a teen feet altar. He wrote a character and burned it.Suddenly a number of Jin Jia Deities appeared before them. They wore yellow turban in their head, with brocade coat covered their body. They height were 10 feet and held a spear in their hand. They bowed to the Taoist and asking for his command. The Taoist said "There are ghosts haunting here, disturbed people. I ask you to expel them immediately"The Jin Jia Dieties accepted his order. Soon they arrested the three demons and whipped them. The Taoist priest asked them to confess. One Deity gave them brush and  paper to write their confession. As judgment had been completed, Qiao, Fu Liqing and
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