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CHAPTER 27. The Man of Beautiful Beard Rides On A Solitary Journey; Guan Yu Slays Six Generals Through Five Passes.

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Now of all the officers in Cao Cao’s army, the two
friendly toward Guan Yu were Zhang Liao and Xu
Huang. The others treated Guan Yu with respect,
except Cai Yang who was decidedly inimical. So this
Cai Yang was ready to pursue and capture Guan Yu
as soon as he heard of his departure. But Cao Cao
accepted Guan Yu’s going as natural.
“He does not forget his old leader, and he was
perfectly open in all his actions. He is a gentleman,
and you would do well to follow his example,” said
Cao Cao.
So Cao Cao bade the would−be pursuer be gone
and say no more about pursuit.
“You were exceedingly good to Guan Yu,” said
Cheng Yu, “but he went off very rudely. He certainly
left a screed behind with his reasons, but he
affronted you, and that is no light matter. Now to let
him join Yuan Shao is to add wings to a tiger. You
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would better catch him and put him to death so as to
guard against future evil.”
Cao Cao replied, “But he had my promise, and
can I break my word? Each has his master. Do not
pursue.”
But Cao Cao said to Zhang Liao, “He has rejected
all I gave him, so bribes were powerless with him in
whatever shape. I have the greatest respect for such
as him. He has not yet gone far, and I will try to
strengthen his attachment to me and make one
appeal to sentiment. Ride after him and beg him to
stop till I can come up and bid farewell and offer him
a sum of money for his expenses and a fighting robe,
that he may remember me kindly in after days.”
So Zhang Liao rode out quite alone; Cao Cao
followed him leisurely with an escort of a score or so.
Now the steed that Guan Yu rode was Red−Hare,
and it was very fast. No one could have come up
with him but that there was the ladies’ carriage to
escort, and so Red−Hare had to be held in and go
slow. Suddenly Guan Yu heard a shout behind him,
a voice crying, “Go slowly, Guan Yu!”
He turned and made out the person to be Zhang
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Liao. Ordering the pushers of the carriage to press
on along the high road, he reined in his steed, held
the green−dragon saber ready for a stroke, and
waited for Zhang Liao to come up.
“Of course you have come to take me back,
Zhang Liao?” said Guan Yu.
“No; the Prime Minister, seeing that you are going
a long journey, wishes to see you on your way and
told me to hasten forward and beg you to wait till he
can come up. That is the only thing.”
“Seeing that he is coming along with mailed men,
I shall fight to the very last,” said Guan Yu.
And he took up his position on a bridge where he
waited the approach of the party, who advanced
quickly. Four of Cao Cao’s generals, Xu Chu, Xu
Huang, Yu Jin, and Li Dian, followed close. Seeing
Guan Yu was ready to fight, Cao Cao ordered his
escort to open out in two lines, and then it was seen
they carried no arms. This relieved his mind; for it
proved to Guan Yu they meant no attack.
“Why do you go in such haste, Guan Yu?” asked
Cao Cao.
Guan Yu inclined his head but did not dismount,
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saying, “I informed you in writing that since my lord
was in the North of Yellow River, I had to leave at
once. I went to your palace again and again but was
refused admittance. So I wrote a letter of farewell,
sealed up the treasure, resigned my lordship seal,
and left everything for you. I hope you recall the
promise you once made me.”
Cao Cao replied, “My desire is to keep my troth
with all people; I cannot go back on my word.
However, you may find the journey expensive and
therefore I have here prepared a sum of money to
help you.”
Then from horseback Cao Cao held out a packet
of gold.
Guan Yu said, “I have sufficient left from your
former bounty; keep that for presents to your
soldiers.”
“Why should you refuse this? It is but an
insignificant return for great services.”
“My services have been all trifling, not worth
mentioning.”
“ R e a l l y , G u a n Y u , y o u a r e t h e m o s t
high−principled of humans. I am very sorry my luck is
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too poor to retain you at my side. Pray accept just
this robe to show you I am not quite ungrateful,” said
Cao Cao.
And one of his generals, dismounting, held up a
silken coat in both hands. Guan Yu even still fearful
of what might happen, would not dismount, but he
reached down his sword and took the robe on its
point. Then he threw it over his shoulders and turned
to thank the giver, saying, “I thank you, Sir Prime
Minister, for the robe and trust we shall meet again.”
So saying Guan Yu went down from the bridge
and bore away to the north.
“He is a very rude man,” said Xu Chu, who was of
the escort. “Why do you not take him prisoner?”
Cao Cao replied, “He was absolutely alone facing
scores of us; he was justified in being suspicious.
But my word has gone forth, and he is not to be
pursued.”
Cao Cao and his escort returned, the Prime
Minister very sad when he thought of the man who
had gone.
Guan Yu went down from the bridge and started
in the wake of the carriage carrying the two ladies,
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which should have gone about ten miles while this
interview had been going on. He could see no signs
of it and rode hither and thither looking on all sides.
Presently he heard some one shouting from a hill,
calling him by name to halt. He saw a youth wearing
a yellow turban and dressed in a silk robe. He held a
spear in his hand and was mounted on a horse from
the neck of which dangled a bloody head. Behind
him were a hundred or so men on foot, and they
advanced quickly.
“Who are you?” asked Guan Yu.
The young man dropped his spear, dismounted,
and made a low bow. Guan Yu feared this was some
ruse, so he only checked his horse and gripped his
sword the more firmly, saying, “Sir, I desire you to tell
me your name.”
“My name is Liao Hua. I belong to a Xiangyang
family. Since these troubled times began I have been
an outlaw among the rivers and lakes, and I and my
comrades have lived by plunder. We are about five
hundred in all. By chance my friend Du Yuan came
across two ladies in a carriage just now; and, quite
wrongly, he took them prisoners and brought them to
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the hold in the hills. I questioned the servants and so
found out who they were and who was escorting
them. So I wished them to be set free to pursue their
journey. Du Yuan opposed this and spoke so
ill−mannerly that I killed him. And here is his head. I
pray you pardon me.”
“Where are the two ladies?”
“They are among the hills,” replied Liao Hua.
“Bring them down here, at once,” said Guan Yu.
In a short time a party of the brigands pushed the
carriage down the hill, and the ladies sat there before
him.
Then Guan Yu dismounted, laid aside his sword,
and stood respectfully before them with his arms
crossed.
“Sisters, have you been alarmed?” asked he.
They replied, “We should have suffered at the
hands of Du Yuan had it not been for Liao Hua.”
“How did Liao Hua come to save the ladies?”
asked Guan Yu of those who stood by.
They said, “Du Yuan carried off the ladies and
proposed that he and Liao Hua should have one
each as wife. But Liao Hua had found out they were
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of gentle birth and worthy, and was for treating them
with respect. When Du Yuan disagreed, Liao Hua
slew him.”
Hearing this Guan Yu bowed to Liao Hua and
thanked him. Liao Hua then wanted to join himself
and his troop to Guan Yu, but Guan Yu, seeing he
was a Yellow Scarf, would have nothing to do with
him. So Guan Yu simply thanked him for his
kindness to the ladies. Liao Hua offered some
presents, but these were also declined.
So Liao Hua took his leave and presently
disappeared in a valley among the hills. Guan Yu
told his sisters the story of his interview with Cao
Cao and the gift of a robe, and then he urged the
carriage on its way. Towards dark they came to a
farm where they would rest. The farmer, an old
graybeard, came out to welcome the party and
asked who they were. Guan Yu described himself as
the brother of Liu Bei, and said his name.
“Surely you are no other than the slayer of Yan
Liang and Wen Chou,” said the venerable host.
“That is so,” replied Guan Yu.
“Come in,” said the old man, joyfully.
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“My two sisters−in−law are in the carriage;” said
Guan Yu, “will you let your women folks go out to
receive them?” As Guan Yu remained standing
there, the host asked him to be seated, but he would
not sit while the women were present and remained
standing in a respectful attitude till the old man’s wife
had returned and ushered the ladies into the inner
a p a r t m e n t s . T h e n t h e o l d m a n s e t t o t h e
entertainment of his guest in the guest hall. Guan Yu
asked his name.
He replied, “I am called Hu Hua. In the days of
the Emperor Huan, I was an officer of the court, but I
resigned and retired into private life. I have a son, Hu
Ban, with Governor Wang Zhi of Yingyang; and if
you should be going that way, General, I should like
to send him a letter by you.”
Guan Yu said he would take the letter. Next day,
after an early meal, the ladies got into their carriage,
the host handed his letter to Guan Yu, and the little
party once more took the road. They went toward
Luoyang.
Presently they approached a pass known as the
Dongling Pass, guarded by Commander Kong Xiu
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and five hundred soldiers. When the soldiers saw a
carriage being pushed toward the pass, they ran to
tell their commander, who came out to accost the
travelers. Guan Yu dismounted and returned the
officer’s salute, and Kong Xiu said, “Whither are you
going?”
“I have left the Prime Minister to go into the North
of Yellow River to find my brother.”
“But Yuan Shao is my master’s rival. You have
authority from him to go thither?”
“I left hurriedly and could not get it.”
“If you have no authority, you must wait while I
send to request orders.”
“To remain while you send and receive an answer
will delay me greatly,” said Guan Yu.
“I must stand by my instructions; that is the only
thing to do,” said Kong Xiu.
“Then you refuse to let me pass?”
“If you want to go through, leave the family as a
gage.”
At this Guan Yu got very angry and made to cut
at the commander on the spot, but Kong Xiu
withdrew into the gate and beat the drums for an
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attack. Thereupon the soldiers armed themselves,
mounted, and came down to oppose the passage,
crying, “Dare you go through, eh?”
The carriage was sent off to a safe distance, and
then Guan Yu rode at full speed directly at the
commander of the guard, who set his spear and
came to meet him. The two steeds met and the men
engaged, but at the first stroke of the green−dragon
saber the commander of the gate fell to the earth
dead. His troops fled.
“Soldiers, do not flee!” cried Guan Yu. “I killed him
because I could do no otherwise. I have nothing
against you, but I would ask you to tell the Prime
Minister how this thing came to pass, that Kong Xiu
wished to kill me, and so I slew him in self defense.”
The soldiers bowed before him, and Guan Yu,
with the carriage, passed through the gates and
continued their way to Luoyang. But one of the
guards of the pass went quickly in advance and
informed the Governor of Luoyang, Han Fu, of the
slaughter of Kong Xiu. Wherefore Han Fu assembled
his officers to take counsel.
Meng Tan, one of his generals, said, “This Guan
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Yu must be a fugitive, or he would have a safe
conduct. Our only course is to stop him, or we shall
incur blame.” “The man is fierce and brave.
Remember the fate of Yan Liang and Wen Chou. It
seems vain to oppose him by force, and so we must
think out some trap for him,” said Han Fu.
“I have a ruse ready,” said Meng Tan. “I will close
the gate with thorny blockades, and I will go to fight
with him. I will engage and then flee, and you can
shoot him from an ambush along the road. If we can
get him and his party and send them prisoners to the
capital, we ought to be well rewarded.”
This course was determined upon, and soon they
heard that Guan Yu was approaching. Han Fu strung
his bow and filled his quiver with arrows and with one
thousand soldiers took up position along the pass.
Then as the party approached, Han Fu said, “Who is
the traveler who comes?”
Guan Yu bowed low and said, “He is a certain
Guan Yu, Lord of Hanshou, and he wishes to go
through the pass.”
“Have you a letter from the Prime Minister?”
“In the hurry of departure I did not get any.”
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“My special orders from him are to hold this pass
and make examination of all spies that may go to
and fro. Any person without an authority must be a
fugitive.”
Then Guan Yu began to be angry, saying, “I have
killed Kong Xiu at Dongling Pass. Do you also seek
death?”
“Who will capture him for me?” cried Han Fu, and
Meng Tan offered himself. He rode out, whirling his
double swords, and made straight for Guan Yu.
Guan Yu sent back the carriage out of danger
and then rode toward Meng Tan. They engaged, but
very soon Meng Tan turned his steed and fled. Guan
Yu pursued. Meng Tan, intent only on leading his
enemy toward the ambush, took no account of the
speed of Red−Hare. Very soon Meng Tan was
caught up, and a stroke of the mighty sword cut him
in two pieces. Then Guan Yu stopped and turned
back. The archers in the gate shot their hardest; and
though it was a long way off, one of them lodged an
arrow in his left arm. He pulled it out with his teeth,
but the blood streamed down as he rode toward
Governor Han Fu. The men scattered. Guan Yu rode
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straight at his next victim. He raised his sword and
made an oblique cut which sliced off the head and
shoulder of Han Fu.
Then Guan Yu drove off the soldiers and returned
to escort the carriage. He bound up his wound, and,
fearing lest any one might take advantage of his
weakness, he made no long halts on the road but
hurried toward River Si Pass.
The warden of this pass was Bian Xi of Bingzhou,
a warrior whose weapon was a comet−hammer. He
had been a Yellow Scarf and had gone over to Cao
Cao, who had given him this post. As soon as he
heard of the coming of the redoubtable Guan Yu, he
cudgeled his brains for a ruse to use against him. He
decided upon an ambush. In the Guardian Temple at
the pass he placed two hundred ax−men and
swordsmen. He reckoned on enticing Guan Yu to the
temple for refreshment, and when he let fall a cup as
signal, the hidden ruffians would rush out.
All being thus arranged and ready, he went out to
welcome Guan Yu in friendly guise, and Guan Yu
dismounted at his coming. Bian Xi began very
amiably.
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“Your name, General, makes the very earth
tremble, and every one looks up to you. This return
to the Imperial Uncle proves you to be noble and
true.”
Guan Yu in reply told him the story of the men he
had slain in the last two passes.
Bian Xi replied, “You slew them; that is well.
When I see the Prime Minister, I will explain to him
the inner reasons for these acts.”
Guan Yu thought he had found a friend and so
mounted and rode through the pass. When he came
to the temple, a number of priests came out to meet
him with clanging bells.
This temple, named Guardian of the State, had a
courtyard in which the Emperor Ming had burned
incense in the past. In the temple were thirty priests,
and among these there happened to be one Pu Jing
who came from the same village as Guan Yu. His
religious name was Transverse−Peace. Hearing who
the visitor was, Transverse−Peace came forward to
speak with him.
“General,” said Transverse−Peace, “it is many a
long year since you left Pudong.”
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“Yes,” said Guan Yu, “nearly twenty years.”
“Do you recognize this poor priest?”
“I left the village many years ago; I do not
recognize you.”
“My house and yours were only separated by a
rivulet,” said the priest.
Now Bian Xi, seeing Transverse−Peace holding
f o r t h a b o u t v i l l a g e m a t t e r s , t h o u g h t
Transverse−Peace would blab about the ambush, so
Bian Xi bade him be silent.
“I want to invite the General to a feast. You priest
fellows seem to have a lot to say,” said Bian Xi.
“Not too much,” said Guan Yu. “Naturally when
fellow villagers meet, they talk of old times.”
Bian Xi invited the visitor into the guest room to
take tea, but Guan Yu said, “The two ladies are out
there in the carriage; they ought to have some first.”
So the priest bade them take some tea to the
ladies, and then he led Guan Yu within, at the same
time lifting the priest knife which he wore at his side
and looking meaningfully at Guan Yu. The latter
understood and told his people to bring along his
weapon and keep close at his side.
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When Bian Xi invited Guan Yu to go into the Hall
of the Laws for some refreshment, Guan Yu turned
to him, saying, “Is this invitation with good intention
or evil?”
Bian Xi was so taken aback that he could make
no reply, and then Guan Yu saw that many armed
men were concealed behind the arras. Then Guan
Yu shouted loudly at Bian Xi, saying, “What means
this? I thought you an honorable man. How dare
you?”
The traitor saw that his plot had failed and called
to the assassins to come out and fall to, but Guan Yu
had a short sword in his hand and slashed at any
one who came near. So they scattered. Their
commander ran down the hall and tried to escape
among the side buildings, but Guan Yu threw aside
the short sword, took up the green−dragon saber
and went after Bian Xi. The latter was trying to get
into position to throw his comet−hammer, but Guan
Yu cut the cord and the weapon was useless. Guan
Yu followed Bian Xi in and out and soon caught up
with him. Then with one blow Guan Yu cut him in
halves.
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The fight over, Guan Yu sought the two ladies,
who were surrounded by soldiers. These fled at sight
of the terrible warrior. Seeking out the priest, his
fellow countryman, he thanked him for the timely
warning which had saved him from death.
“ I c a n n o t r e m a i n h e r e a f t e r t h i s , ” s a i d
Transverse−Peace. “I shall pack up my few
garments and my alms bowl and take to the road,
vague in my wanderings as the clouds in the sky. But
we shall meet again and till then take care of
yourself.”
Then Guan Yu took leave and retook the road to
Yingyang. The Governor of this city was named
Wang Zhi, and he was related to Han Fu by their
children’s marriage. Hearing of the death of his
relative, Wang Zhi set about a scheme to kill Guan
Yu secretly. He sent soldiers to guard the city gates
and, when he heard that Guan Yu approached, he
went himself and received Guan Yu with a smiling
countenance and bade Guan Yu welcome. Guan Yu
told him the object of his journey.
“You, General, have been able to get some
exercise on the road, but the ladies in their carriage
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must be cramped and fatigued. I pray you come into
the city, and all of you remain the night in the official
travelers’ quarters. Tomorrow you can set forth
again.”
The offer was tempting, and his host seemed in
earnest, so the two ladies went into the city, where
they found everything very comfortably prepared for
them. And, though Guan Yu declined the Governor’s
invitations to a banquet, refreshments for the
travelers were sent to their lodgings. Guan Yu was
fatigued from the trials of the journey, and as soon
as the evening meal was over, he bade the ladies
retire to rest while he sat down in the main room,
quite alone, for he bade all to get repose while they
could. His horse was given a good feed for once. He
sat with his armor loosened in order to be more at
ease.
Now Governor Wang Zhi had a secretary named
Hu Ban to whom he had entrusted the arrangements
for the destruction of his guest.
Said Wang Zhi, “This Guan Yu is a traitor to the
Prime Minister and a fugitive. On the road he has
murdered several Commanders of Passes and is
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guilty of serious crimes. But he is too strong and
valiant for any ordinary soldier to overcome. So this
evening a whole company of a thousand troops will
surround his lodging, each one armed with a torch,
and we will burn him. They will start the fire about
midnight. Every one of the party will perish. I will
come with a force to stand by and assist if
necessary.”
These orders received, Hu Ban passed them on
to the soldiers, who began secretly to prepare dry
wood and other combustibles which they piled up at
the gate of the rest house. Hu Ban thought within
himself that he would like to know what manner of
man was this Guan Yu, whose fame had spread so
far, so he determined to get a peep at the guest. He
went to the rest house and inquired where Guan Yu
was.
“The General is the man in the main hall reading,”
was the reply.
Hu Ban noiselessly made his way to the outside
of the room and peeped in. He saw the famous
warrior stroking his beard with his left hand while he
read by the light of a lamp placed on a low table. An
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involuntary exclamation of wonder escaped at the
majesty of the figure.
“Really a god!” Hu Ban sighed.
“Who is there?” suddenly asked the reader at the
sound. Hu Ban entered and said, “I am the
Governor’s secretary, Hu Ban.”
“Surely you are the son of Hu Hua, who lives
outside Xuchang,” said Guan Yu.
“I am he,” replied Hu Ban.
Then Guan Yu called up his followers and bade
them look among the baggage for the letter, which
they brought. Guan Yu handed it to the secretary,
who read it and then breathed long, saying, “I very
nearly caused the death of a good man.”
Then he betrayed the whole plot, saying, “This
Wang Zhi is a wicked man, who wanted to kill you. At
this moment you are surrounded, and at the third
watch they will set fire to this place. Now I will go and
open the city gates while you hastily prepare for
flight.”
Guan Yu was greatly surprised, but he quickly
buckled up his armor, got his steed ready, roused
the two ladies, and put them into their carriage. Then
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they left the rest house; and as they passed out, they
saw the soldiers all about them, each with a torch.
The party hastened to the outskirts of the city and
found the gate already open, and they lost no time in
getting clear of the city. Hu Ban returned to give
orders to fire the rest house.
The fugitives pressed on; but before long they
saw lights coming up behind them, and Wang Zhi
called out to them to stop. Guan Yu reined in his
horse and began to abuse him, crying, “Worthless
fellow! What had you against me that you wished to
burn me to death?”
Wang Zhi whipped up his steed and set his spear,
but Guan Yu cut him through with the short sword he
wore at his side and scattered his followers.
Then the carriage pushed on. Guan Yu’s heart
was filled with gratitude to Hu Ban. When they drew
near Huazhou, some one told Liu Yan, who rode out
to welcome him. Liu Yan had been once rescued by
Guan Yu, who slew Yan Liang and Wen Chou and
lifted the siege of the city.
Guan Yu did not dismount but bowed from
horseback, saying, “Have you been quite well since
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we parted?”
“Whither are you going, Sir?” replied Liu Yan.
“I have left the Prime Minister and am on my way
to find my brother.”
“Liu Bei is with Yuan Shao, who is at enmity with
the Prime Minister. How can you be allowed to go to
him?” asked Liu Yan.
“That matter was settled long ago.”
“The Yellow River Ferry is an important point and
is guarded by a commander of Xiahou Dun; he will
not let you cross.”
“But suppose then you provide boats for me?”
“Though there are boats, I dare not give them to
you.”
“Well, formerly I slew Yan Liang and Wen Chou
and saved you a grave danger. Now you refuse me a
ferry boat!”
“I am afraid Xiahou Dun will know of it and make
it a fault against me.”
Guan Yu perceived that no help was to be
expected from this man, so he pushed on and
presently reached the ferry. There the Commander
of the Guard, Qin Qi, came out to question him.
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“I am one Guan Yu, Lord of Hanshou.”
“Whither are you bound?”
“I go to the North of Yellow River to seek my
brother, Liu Bei, and I respectfully ask you to grant
me a passage over the river.”
“Where is the authority of the Prime Minister?”
“I am not on a mission from the Prime Minister, so
why should I have such an authority?”
“I have orders from my chief to guard the ferry,
and you will not cross; even if you grew wings, you
should not fly over.”
Guan Yu’s choler arose.
“Do you know that I have been the death of all
those who have hitherto tried to stop me?” said he.
“You have only slain a few officers of no rank or
reputation; but you dare not kill me!”
“Where would you stand beside Yan Liang and
Wen Chou?” asked Guan Yu.
Qin Qi grew angry, and he loosed his rein. Sword
in hand, he came at a gallop. The two met, but in the
first encounter Qin Qi’s head was swept off by the
terrible green−dragon saber.
“He who opposed me is dead; you others need
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not be afraid,” cried Guan Yu. “Be quick and prepare
me a boat.”
The boat was soon at the landing, and the two
women stepped on board, followed by Guan Yu.
They crossed and were then in the country of Yuan
Shao. In the course of his journey to this point, Guan
Yu had forced five passes and slain six generals.
His seal hung up, the treasury locked, his
courtly mansion left,
He journeyed toward his brother dear, too long
from his side left.
The horse he rode was famed for speed as for
endurance great,
His good sword made a way for him and
opened every gate.
His loyalty and truth forth stand, a pattern
unto all,
His valor would frighten rushing streams and
make high mountains fall.
Alone he traveled lustily, this was death to meet
his blade,
He has been themed by myriads, his glory never
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will fade.
“I did not willingly slay a single one of them,”
mused Guan Yu as he rode along. “There was no
help for it. Nevertheless when Cao Cao hears of it,
he will regard me as ungrateful for his bounty.”
Before long he saw a rider on the road who soon
hailed him and proved to be Sun Qian.
“I have never heard a word from you since we lost
sight of each other at Runan; how have you fared?”
said Guan Yu.
“After your departure Liu Pi and Gong Du retook
the city. I was sent by them to Yuan Shao to try to
make peace with him and succeeded, so that Yuan
Shao invited Liu Bei to go to him and share in the
deliberations for a concerted attack on Cao Cao. But
to my disgust the leaders of Yuan Shao’s army
showed great jealousy of each other so that Tian
Feng got into gaol, Ju Shou was degraded, and
others quarreled. Then Yuan Shao vacillated and
hesitated, so that your brother and I consulted how
we might get away from them all. Now the Uncle is at
Runan with Liu Pi and, thinking you could not know
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that and might suffer some harm if you unwillingly
went to Yuan Shao, I have come to warn you. It is
good fortune to find you like this. Now we can hasten
to Runan, and you will meet your brother.”
Guan Yu took Sun Qian to make his bow to the
ladies, who asked after his adventures, and Sun
Qian said, “Uncle Liu Bei were nearly executed due
to Yuan Shao’s sudden bursts of anger after the
deaths of Yan Liang and Wen Chou. Now, however,
he is out of his way and safe at Runan, and you will
meet him soon.”
The ladies covered their faces and wept at the
recital of his dangers. Then the party no longer
traveled north but took the road toward Runan. Not
long after a great cloud of dust was noticed behind
them, and that presently made out a hundred of
horsemen. These were led by Xiahou Dun, who
shouted out to Guan Yu to stop.
One by one the pass commanders stopped his
progress and were slain,
The river crossed, another army comes and he
must fight again.
Three Kingdoms Romance
How finally Guan Yu escaped death will appear in
the succeeding chapter.

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