And the girl said, “Thy handmaid has been the recipient
上海楼凤 / 2018年10月18日

And the girl said, “Thy handmaid has been the recipient of bountiful kindness. She has been taught to sing and dance and been treated so kindly that were she torn in pieces for her lord’s sake, it would not repay a thousandth part. She has noticed lately that her lord’s brows have been knit in distress and knows it is on account of the state troubles. But she has not dared to ask. This evening he seemed sadder than ever, and she was miserable on her lord’s account. But she did not know she would be seen. Could she be of any use she would not shrink from a myriad deaths.” A sudden idea came to Wang Yun, and he stuck the ground with his staff. And he said, “Who would think that the fate of Han lay on your palm? Come with me!” the girl followed him into the house. Then he dismissed all the waiting attendants, placed Diao Chan on a chair and bowed before her. She was frightened and threw herself on the ground, asking in terror what it all meant. Said Wang Yun, “You can sympathize with the people of Han,” and the fount of his…

Yuan Shao was not satisfied. He wrote to Jingzhou
上海楼凤 / 2018年10月16日

Yuan Shao was not satisfied. He wrote to Jingzhou Region and sent the letter by a trusty hand to tell Imperial Protector Liu Biao to stop Sun Jian and take away the seal. Just after this came the news of the defeat and misfortune of Cao Cao, and when he was coming home, Yuan Shao sent out to welcome him and conduct him into camp. They also prepared a feast to console him.shlf   During the feast Cao Cao said sadly, “My object was for the public good, and all you gentlemen nobly supported me. My plan was to get Yuan Shao with his Henei troops to approach Mengching; and my force at Qiao to keep Chenggao; while the others of you to hold Suanzao, to close the passes of Huanyuan and Daigu, and to take possession of the granaries, to control the points of vantage, and thus to secure the Capital District. I planned for Yuan Shu with his Nanyang army to occupy the counties of Danshi and Xilin and go into Wu Pass to help the three supports. All were to fortify their positions and not to fight. Advantage lay in a diverse military coalition that could show the…

Yuan Shu, confused and frightened, had no word to reply.
上海楼凤 / 2018年10月14日

Yuan Shu, confused and frightened, had no word to reply. He ordered the death of the slanderer to placate Sun Jian. then suddenly they told Sun Jian, “Some officer has come riding down from the Pass to see you, General. He is in the camp.” Sun Jian therefore took his leave and returned to his own camp, where he found the visitor was Li Jue, one of the much trusted commanders of Dong Zhuo. “Wherefore come you?” said Sun Jian. Li Jue replied, “You are the one person for whom my master has respect and admiration, and he sends me to arrange a matrimonial alliance between the two families. He wishes that his daughter may become the wife of your son.”   “What! Dong Zhuo, that rebel and renegade, that subverter of the Throne! I wish I could destroy his nine generations as a thank-offering to the empire! Think you I would be willing to have an alliance with such a family? I will not slay you as I ought, but go, and go quickly! Yield the Pass and I may spare your lives. If you delay, I will grind your bones to powder and make mincemeat of your flesh!”   Li…

An ancient poet has told of this famous fight in these lines:
上海楼凤 / 2018年10月14日

An ancient poet has told of this famous fight in these lines: the fateful day of Han came in the reigns of Huan and Ling, their glory declined as the sun sinks at the close of day. Dong Zhuo, infamous minister of state, pulled down the youthful Bian. It is true the new Xian was a weakling, too timid for his times. then Cao Cao proclaimed abroad these wicked deeds, And the GREat lords, moved with anger, assembled their forces. In council met they and chose as their oath-chief Yuan Shao, Pledged themselves to maintain the ruling house and tranquillity.   Of the warriors of that time matchless Lu Bu was the boldest.   His valor and prowess are sung by all within the four seas.   He clothed his body in silver armor like the scales of a dragon,   On his head was a golden headdress with pheasant tails,   About his waist a shaggy belt, the clasp, two wild beasts’ heads with gripping jaws,   His flowing, embroidered robe fluttered about his form,   His swift courser bounded over the plain, a mighty wind following,   His terrible trident halberd FLASHed in the sunlight, bright as a placid lake.   Who dared face him as he…

When I learned you were a strong supporter of the Throne,
上海楼凤 / 2018年10月9日

“How long it is since we last saw each other!” replied Lu Bu, bowing in return. “And where are you now?” “I am a general in the Imperial Tiger Army. When I learned you were a strong supporter of the Throne, I could not say how I rejoiced. I have come now to present to you a really fine horse, a five-hundred-mile-a-day horse, one that crosses rivers and goes up mountains as if they were the level plain. Its name is Red Hare. It will be a fitting aid to your valor.” Lu Bu bade his guards lead out the horse. It was of a uniform color like glowing-sun red——not a hair of another color. It measured ten spans from head to tail and from hoof to neck eight spans. When it neighed, the sound filled the empyrean and shook the ocean. [hip, hip, hip] Mark ye the steed swift and tireless, see the dust, spurned by his hoofs, rising in clouds, Now it swims the river, anon climbs the hill, rending the purple mist asunder, Scornful it breaks the rein, shakes from its head the jeweled bridle, It is as a fiery dragon descending from the highest heaven. [yip,…

Alarmed by the portent, he hastily dressed and went forth
上海楼凤 / 2018年10月7日

“God is helping us,” said Prince Xian. they followed whither the fireflies led and gradually got into a road. They walked till their feet were too sore to go further, when, seeing a heap of straw near the road, they crept to it and lay down. This heap of straw was close to a farm house. In the night, as the farmer was sleeping, he saw in a vision two bright red suns drop behind his dwelling. Alarmed by the portent, he hastily dressed and went forth to look about him. Then he saw a bright light shooting up from a heap of straw. He hastened thither and then saw two youths lying behind it. “To what household do you belong, young gentlemen?” asked the farmer. the Emperor was too frightened to reply, but his companion said, “He is the Emperor. There was a revolution in the Forbidden City, and we ran away. I am his brother, Prince of Chenliu.” the farmer bowed again and again and said, “My name is Sui Lie. My brother Sui Yi is the former Minister of the Interior. My brother was disgusted with the behavior of the eunuchs and so resigned and hid away…

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…

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…

Zhu Jun returned to Capital
上海楼凤 / 2018年10月3日

Zhu Jun returned to Capital Luoyang, was promoted to the General of the Flying Cavalry*, and received the governorship of Henan. He did not forget those who had helped him to win victory. Thus he reported the merits of Liu Bei and Sun Jian to the Throne. Sun Jian, having influential friends and connections to support him, quickly got an appointment to a post of Commander of Changsha and went to assume the new office. But Liu Bei, in spite of Zhu Jun’s memorial, waited in vain for preferment, and the three brothers became very sad. Walking along one day in the capital, Liu Bei met a court official, Zhang Jun, to whom he related his services and told his sorrows. Zhang Jun was much surprised at this neglect and one day at court spoke to the Emperor about it. Said he, “The Yellow Scarves rebelled because the eunuchs sold offices and bartered ranks. There was employment only for their friends, punishment only for their enemies. This led to rebellion. Wherefore it would be well to slay the Ten Eunuchs and expose their heads and proclaim what had been done throughout the whole empire. Then reward the worthy. Thereby the…

the seer made no reply,
上海楼凤 / 2018年10月2日

the seer made no reply, and again and again Cao Cao pressed the question. then Xu Shao replied, “In peace you are an able subject; in chaos you are a crafty hero!” Cao Cao GREatly rejoiced to hear this. Cao Cao graduated at twenty and earned a reputation of piety and integrity. He began his career as Commanding Officer in a county within the Capital District. In the four gates of the city he guarded, he hung up clubs of various sorts, and he would punish any breach of the law whatever the rank of the offender. Now an uncle of Eunuch Jian Shuo* was found one night in the streets with a sword and was arrested. In due course he was beaten. Thereafter no one dared to offend again, and Cao Cao’s name became heard. Soon he became a magistrate of Dunqiu. At the outbreak of the Yellow Scarves, Cao Cao held the rank of General and was given command of five thousand horse and foot to help fight at Yingchuan. He just happened to fall in with the newly defeated rebels whom he cut to pieces. Thousands were slain and endless banners and drums and horses were captured,…