So Dong Zhuo composed something like this:
上海419 / 2018年10月5日

So Dong Zhuo composed something like this: “Thy servant knows that the continual rebellions owe their origin to Zhang Rang and the Regular Attendants of the Inner Bureau, who act counter to all recognized precepts. Now to stop the ebullition of a pot the best way is to withdraw the fire; to cut out an abscess, though painful, is better than to nourish the evil. I have dared undertake a military advance on the capital, with thy permission, and now pray that Zhang Rang and the other eunuchs be removed for the happiness of the dynasty and of the empire.” He Jin read this memorial and showed it to his partisans. then said Minister Zheng Tai, “A fierce wild beast: If he comes, his prey will be humans!” He Jin replied, “You are too timorous: You are unequal to GREat schemes.” But Lu Zhi also said, “Long have I known this man. In appearance innocent, he is a very wolf at heart. Let him in, and calamity enters with him. Stop him, do not let him come, and thus will you avoid upheaval.” He Jin was obstinate, and both Zheng Tai and Lu Zhi gave up their posts and retired,…

the improper influence allowed them by the emperors and
爱上海 / 2018年10月5日

What Cao Cao said was this: “the eunuch evil is of very old standing, but the real cause of the present trouble is in the improper influence allowed them by the emperors and the misplaced favoritism they have enjoyed. But a gaoler would be ample force to employ against this kind of evil, and getting rid of the main culprits is quite enough. Why increase confusion by summoning troops from the regions? Any desire to slay all of them will speedily become known, and the plan will fail.” “then, Cao Cao, you have some scheme of your own to further,” said He Jin with a sneer. Cao Cao left the meeting, proclaiming, “The one who throws the world into chaos is He Jin!” then He Jin sent swift, secret letters far and wide to several bases. It must be recalled that Dong Zhuo had failed in his attempt to destroy the Yellow Scarves rebellion. He would have been punished if he had not bribed the Ten Eunuchs heavily for their protection. Later, through connections in the capital, he obtained rapid promotions from General to General of the Front Army, to Lord of Aoxiang, to Imperial Protector in the western region…

Corrupted by these, He Miao went in to speak with
上海楼凤 / 2018年10月5日

Corrupted by these, He Miao He Miao. Corrupted by these, He Miao went in to speak with his sister Empress He and said, “The General is the chief support of the new Emperor, yet he is no t gracious and merciful but thinks wholly of slaughter. If he slays the eunuchs without cause, it may bring about revolution.” Soon after He Jin entered and told her of his design to put the eunuchs to death. She argued with him, “Those officials look after palace affairs and are old servants. To kill the old servants just after the death of their master would appear disrespectful to the dynasty’s ancestral temple.” And as He Jin was of a vacillating mind, he murmured assent and left her. “What about it?” said Yuan Shao on meeting him. “She will not consent. What can be done?” “Call up an army and slay them. It is imperative. Never mind her consent!” “That is an excellent plan,” said He Jin. And he sent orders all round to march soldiers to the capital. But Secretary Chen Lin objected, “Nay! Do not act without due consideration. The proverb says ‘To cover the eyes and snatch at swallows is to…

The eunuchs persuaded the ladies to retire.
上海419 / 2018年10月5日

The eunuchs persuaded the ladies to retire. But in the night Empress He summoned her brother into the Palace and told him what had occurred. He went out and took counsel with the principal officers of state. Next morning a court was held and a memorial was presented, saying: “Empress Dong, being the foster mother of Liu Xian, Prince of Chenliu, a regional prince—only a collateral—cannot properly occupy any part of the Palace. She is to be removed into her riginal fief of Hejian and is to depart immediately.” And while they sent an escort to remove Empress Dong, a strong guard was placed about the Imperial Uncle Dong Chong’s dwelling. They took away his seal of office and he, knowing this was the end, killed himself in his private apartments. His dependents, who wailed his death, were driven off by the guards. The eunuchs Zhang Rang and Duan Gui, having lost their patroness, sent large gifts to He Jin’s younger brother, He Miao, and his mother, Lady Wuyang, and thus got them to put in a good word to Empress He so as to gain her protection. And so they gained favor once more at court. In the sixth…

“Slay them, root and branch,
上海龙凤 / 2018年10月5日

“Slay them, root and branch, ” cried Yuan Shao, “or they will ruin you!” “I have decided,” said He Jin, coldly. “Say no more.” Within a few days He Jin became Chair of the Secretariat, and his associates received high offices. Now Empress Dong summoned the eunuch Zhang Rang and his party to a council. Said she, “It was I who first brought forward the sister of He Jin. Today her son is on the throne, and all the officials are her friends, and her influence is enormous. What can we do?” Zhang Rang replied, “Your Highness should administer the state from ‘behind the veil’; create the late Emperor’s son Liu Xian a prince; give your brother, the Imperial Uncle Dong Chong, a high rank, and place him over the army; and use us. That will do it.” Empress Dong approved. Next day she held a court and issued an edict in the sense proposed. She made Liu Xian Prince of Chenliu and Dong Chong General of the Flying Cavalry*, and she allowed the eunuchs again to participate state affairs. When Empress He saw this, she prepared a banquet to which she invited her rival Empress Dong. In the middle…