At this assembly a man spoke
上海龙凤 / 2018年10月4日

At this assembly a man spoke against the plot, “The influence of the eunuchs dates back a century and a half, during the reigns of Emperors Chong and Zhi. It has spread like a noxious weed in all directions. How can we hope to destroy it? Above all keep this plot secret, or our whole clans will be exterminated.” He Jin eyed down and saw General of Military Standards Cao Cao. He Jin was very angry at this speech and cried, “What do inferiors like you know of the ways of government?” And in the midst of the confusion Pan Yin came to say: “The Emperor is no more. The eunuchs have decided to keep the death a secret and forge a command to the Regent Marshal to come into the Palace to settle the succession. Meanwhile to prevent trouble they have inscribed the name of Prince Xian on the roll.” And as Pan Yin finished speaking, the edict arrived summoning He Jin. “The matter for the moment is to set up the rightful heir, ” said Cao Cao. “We can deal with the traitors later.” “Who dare to join me in supporting the rightful heir—Prince Bian?” asked He Jin,…

Yuyang being now tranquil,
上海楼凤 / 2018年10月4日

Yuyang being now tranquil, Liu Bei’s services were reported to the Throne, and he received full pardon for the insult to the imperial inspector. He was made Deputy Magistrate of Xiami, then Commanding Officer of Gaotang. Then Gongsun Zan praised Liu Bei’s former services, and he was promoted to Magistrate of Pingyuan. This place was very prosperous, and Liu Bei recovered something of his old manner before the days of adversity. Liu Yu also received preferment and was promoted to Grand Commander. In the summer of the six year of Central Stability (AD 189), Emperor Ling became seriously ill and summoned He Jin into the Palace to arrange for the future. He Jin had sprung from a humble family of butchers, but his sister had become a concubine of rank and borne a son to the Emperor, named Liu Bian. After this she became Empress He, and He Jin became the powerful Regent Marshal*. The Emperor had also greatly loved a beautiful girl, Lady Wang, who had borne him a son named Liu Xian. Empress He had poisoned Lady Wang from jealousy, and the baby had been given into the care of Empress Dong, who was the mother of Emperor…

And they wept bitterly.
爱上海 / 2018年10月4日

And they wept bitterly. The Emperor turned angrily to Liu Tao, saying, “You also have servants: Why can’t you bear with mine?” And thereupon the Emperor called to the guards to eject Liu Tao and put him to death. Liu Tao cried aloud, “My death matters nothing. The pity is that Han Dynasty, after four centuries of reign, is falling fast!” The guards hustled him away and were just about to carry out the Emperor’s order when a minister stopped them, shouting, “Strike not! Wait till I have spoken with His Majesty.” It was the Minister of the Interior, Chen Dan. He went in to the Emperor, to whom he said, “For what fault is Counselor Liu Tao to be put to death?” “He has vilified my servants and has insulted me,” said the Emperor. “All the empire would eat the flesh of the eunuchs if they could, and yet, Sire, you respect them as if they were your parents. They have no merit, but they are created nobles. Moreover, Feng Xu was in league with the Yellow Scarves. Unless Your Majesty looks to it, the state will crumble!” “There was no proof against Feng Xu,” replied the Emperor. “…

“Noble Sir, save me!”
爱上海 / 2018年10月4日

“Noble Sir, save me!” cried the inspector. Now Liu Bei had always been kindly and gracious, wherefore he bade his brother release the officer and go his way. Then Guan Yu came up, saying, “Brother, after your magnificent services you only got this petty post, and even here you have been insulted by this fellow. A thorn bush is no place for a phoenix. Let us slay this fellow, leave here, and go home till we can evolve a bigger scheme.” Liu Bei contented himself with hanging the official seal about the inspector’s neck, saying, “If I hear that you injure the people, I will assuredly kill you. I now spare your life, and I return to you the seal. We are going.” The inspector went to the governor of Dingzhou and complained, and orders were issued for the arrest of the brothers, but they got away to Daizhou and sought refuge with Liu Hu, who sheltered them because of Liu Bei’s noble birth. By this time the Ten Regular Attendants had everything in their hands, and they put to death all who did not stand in with them. From every officer who had helped to put down the rebels…

Magistrate, what was your origin?
爱上海 / 2018年10月4日

“Magistrate, what was your origin?” Liu Bei replied, “I am descended from Prince Sheng of Zhongshan. Since my first fight with the Yellow Scarves rebels at Zhuo County, I have been in some thirty battles, wherein I gained some trifling merit. My reward was this office.” “You lie about your descent, and your statement of services is false!” roared the inspector. “Now the court has ordered the reduction of your sort of low class and corrupt officials.” Liu Bei muttered to himself and withdrew. On his return to the magistracy, he took council with his secretaries. “This pompous attitude only means the inspector wants a bribe,” said they. “I have never wronged the people to the value of a single coin: Then where is a bribe to come from?” Next day the inspector had the minor officials before him and forced them to bear witness that their master had oppressed the people. Liu Bei time after time went to rebut this charge, but the doorkeepers drove him away and he could not enter. Now Zhang Fei had been all day drowning his sorrow in wine and had drunk far too much. Calling for his horse he rode out past the…