“His Majesty has recovered and wishes his ministers to meet him in the Palace to consider the question of his abdication in your favor. That is what this summons means.” “What does Wang Yun think of the scheme?”   “Wang Yun has already begun the construction of the Terrace of Abdication and only awaits my lord’s arrival.”   “Last night I dreamed a dragon coiled round my body,” said Dong Zhuo GREatly pleased, “and now I get this happy tidings! I must not neglect the opportunity.”   So Dong Zhuo gave instructions to his four trusted generals for the safekeeping of his city. Li Jue, Guo Si, FanRead More →

Shisun Rui said, “the moment is favorable. The Emperor has just recovered from his illness, and we can dispatch an able talker to Meiwo to persuade Dong Zhuo to come here to discuss affairs. Meanwhile we will obtain a secret decree as authority for Lu Bu to lay an ambush just inside the Palace gates to kill Dong Zhuo as he enters. This is the best plan to adopt.” “But who would dare to go?” said Huang Wan. “Li Su, General of the Imperial Tiger Army, would go. He belongs to the same region as Lu Bu and is very angry with the Prime MinisterRead More →

“I will kill the wretch, I swear it! In no other way can I wash away my shame.” “No, no! Do not say such a thing,” said Wang Yun, putting his hand over the other’s mouth. “You will bring trouble on poor me and my family.” “When one is born GREat, one cannot be patient for long under another person’s domination,” said Lu Bu. “It needs someone GREater than the Prime Minister to limit the scope of such talents as yours.”   Lu Bu said, “I would not mind killing the old wretch were it not for the relation in which we stand. I fear toRead More →

Suddenly a voice said, “Why do you not accompany the Prime Minister, General, instead of standing here and sighing?” It was Wang Yun. “I have been confined to the house by illness these few days,” continued he, “so I have not seen you. But I had to struggle out today to see the Prime Minister set off. This meeting is most fortunate. But why were you sighing?” “Just on account of that daughter of yours,” said Lu Bu. Feigning GREat astonishment, Wang Yun said, “So long a time and yet not given to you!” “the old ruffian has fallen in love with her himself.” “SurelyRead More →

“This is the doing of that Li Ru,” said she. “He is much too thick with Lu Bu. He suggested that, I know. Little he cares for the Imperial Rector’s reputation or my life. Oh! I could eat him alive.” “Do you think I could bear to lose you?” said Dong Zhuo. “Though you love me yet I must not stay here. That Lu Bu will try to ruin me if I do. I fear him.”   “We will go to Meiwo tomorrow, you and I, and we will be happy together and have no cares.”   She dried her tears and thanked him. Next day LiRead More →

the person who collided with the irate Dong Zhuo was his most trusty adviser Li Ru. Li Ru had not fallen in spite of the shock and at once scrambled to help Dong Zhuo to regain his feet and led him inside to the library, where they sat down. “What were you coming about?” said Dong Zhuo. “Happening to be passing your gates, I heard that you had gone into your private garden to look for your adopted son. then came Lu Bu running and crying out that you wanted to kill him, and I was coming in as fast as I could to intercedeRead More →

Wang Yun took into his confidence two colleagues, Minister Shisun Rui and Imperial Commander Huang Wan. Shisun Rui said, “the moment is favorable. The Emperor has just recovered from his illness, and we can dispatch an able talker to Meiwo to persuade Dong Zhuo to come here to discuss affairs. Meanwhile we will obtain a secret decree as authority for Lu Bu to lay an ambush just inside the Palace gates to kill Dong Zhuo as he enters. This is the best plan to adopt.” “But who would dare to go?” said Huang Wan.   “Li Su, General of the Imperial Tiger Army, would go. HeRead More →

A wave of fierce wrath rolled up in Lu Bu. Banging the table he shouted and roared. His host ostentatiously tried to calm him, saying, “I forgot myself. I should not have spoken like that. Do not be so angry, I pray!” “I will kill the wretch, I swear it! In no other way can I wash away my shame.” “No, no! Do not say such a thing,” said Wang Yun, putting his hand over the other’s mouth. “You will bring trouble on poor me and my family.”   “When one is born GREat, one cannot be patient for long under another person’s domination,” said LuRead More →

Just introduce a woman, Conspiracies succeed;Of soldiers, or their weapons, There really is no need. They fought their bloody battles, And doughty deeds were done;But in a garden summer house The victory was won. the order was given to journey to Meiwo, and the whole body of officers assembled to add luster to the start. Diao Chan, from her carriage, saw Lu Bu among the crowd. She at once dropped her eyes and assumed an appearance of deepest melancholy. After the cavalcade started and when her carriage had almost disappeared in the distance, the disappointed lover reined in his steed on a mount whence heRead More →

 “Suppose I send you to him,” said Dong Zhuo. Stunned, she pleaded with tears, “What have thy handmaid done? My honor of serving only Your Highness could not bear being given to a mere underling! Never! I would rather die.” And with this she snatched down a dagger hanging on the wall to kill herself.   Dong Zhuo plucked it from her hand and, throwing his arms about her, and cried, “I was only joking!”   She lay back on his breast hiding her face and sobbing bitterly.   “This is the doing of that Li Ru,” said she. “He is much too thick with Lu Bu. HeRead More →