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CHAPTER 53. Guan Yu Releases Huang Zhong; Sun Quan Fights With Zhang Liao.

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What Zhuge Liang required from Zhang Fei was a
formal recognition of responsibility for success. Said
Zhuge Liang, “When Zhao Yun went on his
expedition, he gave written guarantee of being
responsible for success, and you ought to do the
same now that you are starting for Wuling. In that
case you may have men and start.”
So Zhang Fei gave the required document and
received joyfully the three thousand of soldiers he
had demanded. He set out at once and traveled
without rest till he reached Wuling.
When the Governor of Wuling, Jin Xuan by name,
heard that an expedition against him was afoot, he
mustered his officers and recruited brave soldiers
and put his weapons in order ready for the struggle.
And his army moved out of the city.
A certain secretary, Gong Zhi, remonstrated with
his chief for opposing a scion of the imperial house,
saying, “Liu Bei is of the Hans, and recognized as an
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uncle of the Emperor. All the world knows he is
kindly and righteous. Added to that his brother Zhang
Fei is extraordinarily bold. We cannot face them in
battle with hope of success. Our best course is to
give in.”
But his master angrily replied, “Do you want to
play the traitor and take the side of the rebels and
help them?”
Jin Xuan called in the lictors and told them to put
Gong Zhi to death. The other officers interceded for
Gong Zhi, saying, “It augers ill to start an expedition
by slaying your own officer.”
So the Governor merely sent Gong Zhi sway. He
himself led the army out of the city. After marching
seven miles, he met with Zhang Fei’s army.
Zhang Fei at once rode to the front, spear ready
to thrust, and opened with a shout. Jin Xuan turned
to his officers and asked who would go out to fight
him, but no one replied; they were too afraid.
So the Governor himself galloped out, flourishing
his sword. Seeing him advance, Zhang Fei shouted
in a voice of thunder. Poor Jin Xuan was seized with
panic, turned pale and could not go on. He turned his
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steed and fled. Then Zhang Fei and his army went in
pursuit and smote the fugitives, chasing them to the
city wall.
Here the fugitives were greeted by a flight of
arrows from their own wall. Greatly frightened, Jin
Xuan looked up to see what this meant, and there
was Gong Zhi, who had opposed him, standing on
the wall.
“You brought defeat upon yourself because you
opposed the will of God,” cried the traitor. “I and the
people with me are determined to yield to Liu Bei.”
Just as Gong Zhi finished speaking, an arrow
wounded Jin Xuan in the face and he fell to the
ground. Thereupon his own troops cut off his head,
which they forthwith presented to Zhang Fei. Gong
Zhi then went out and made formal submission, and
Zhang Fei bade him take his letter and the seal to
Guiyang to Liu Bei, who was pleased to hear of
Zhang Fei’s success and gave the governorship to
Gong Zhi. Soon after Liu Bei came to Wuling in
person and soothed the people.
This done he wrote to Guan Yu telling him Zhao
Yun and Zhang Fei had gained a territory each.
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Guan Yu at once wrote back and said, “Changsha
is yet to be taken; and if I am not thought too feeble,
I would like to be sent to attack it.”
Liu Bei agreed and sent Zhang Fei to relieved his
brother, whom Liu Bei ordered to return and prepare
for an expedition to Changsha. Guan Yu came and
went in to see his elder brother and Zhuge Liang.
At this interview Zhuge Liang said, “Zhao Yun has
taken Guiyang, and Zhang Fei Wuling. Both
successful warriors have done their work with three
thousand troops. The Governor of Changsha, Han
Xuan, was not worth mentioning, but there was a
certain general with him, named Huang Zhong, who
had to be reckoned with.
“Huang Zhong is a native of Nanyang. He used to
be in the service of Liu Biao and was a colleague Liu
Biao’s nephew, Liu Pan, when he was in command
of Changsha. After Liu Biao’s death, he joined Han
Xuan when he took command of the city. Now,
although he is nearly sixty, he is a man to be feared
and a warrior of a thousand. You ought to take a
larger number of troops.”
Guan Yu replied, “Instructor, what makes you
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damp another man’s ardor to fight and do away with
your own dignity? I do not think the old leader need
be discussed, and I do not think I require three
companies of soldiers. Give me my own five hundred
of swordsmen, and I will have the heads of both Han
Xuan and Huang Zhong to sacrifice to our standard.”
Liu Bei resisted this decision of Guan Yu, but
Guan Yu would not give way. He just took his five
hundred and set out.
“If he is not careful how he attacks Huang Zhong,
there will be a mishap,” said Zhuge Liang. “You must
go to support him.”
Liu Bei accordingly, at the head of another and
larger party, set out toward Changsha.
Governor Han Xuan of Changsha was of hasty
temperament with small compunction in matters of
life and death and was universally hated. When he
heard of the army coming against him, he called his
veteran leader, Huang Zhong, to ask advice.
The latter said, “Do not be distressed; this sword
of mine and my bow are equal to the slaughter of all
who may come.”
Huang Zhong had been very strong and could
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bend the three−hundred−pound bow and was a most
perfect archer.
When Huang Zhong referred to his prowess, a
certain man spoke up and said, “Let not the veteran
General go out to battle. Trust to my right arm, and
you shall have this Guan Yu a prisoner in your
The speaker was General Yang Ling. The
Governor accepted his offer and told off a thousand
troops to go with him, and they quickly rode out of
the city. About fifteen miles from the city, they
observed a great cloud of dust approaching and
soon distinguished the invaders. Yang Ling set his
spear and rode to the front to abuse and fight. Guan
Yu made no reply to the abuse, but rode forward
flourishing his sword. The warriors soon met, and in
the third encounter Yang Ling was cut down. Guan
Yu’s army dashed forward and pursued the defeated
force to the city wall.
When the Governor heard of this reverse, he
ordered the veteran Huang Zhong to go out while he
went up on the city wall to watch the fight.
Huang Zhong took his sword and crossed the
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drawbridge of Changsha at the head of his force.
Guan Yu, seeing an old leader riding out, knew it
must be Huang Zhong. Guan Yu halted his troops
and placed them in line with their swords at the point.
Then sitting there on horseback, he said, “He who
comes is surely Huang Zhong, eh?”
“Since you know me, how dare you come within
my boundaries?” replied the veteran.
“I have come expressly to get your head!”
Then the combat began. They fought a hundred
and more bouts, and neither seemed nearer victory.
At this point the Governor, fearing some mishap to
his veteran general, beat the gong to retreat and the
battle ceased, one side going into the city of
Changsha and the other camping three miles away
to the rear.
Guan Yu thought in his heart that the fame of the
veteran opposed to him was well merited. He had
fought a hundred bouts and discovered never a
weak spot. He determined that in the next encounter
he would use a “swinging−horse stab” and so
overcome Huang Zhong.
Next day, the early meal eaten, Guan Yu came to
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the city wall and offered his challenge. The Governor
seated himself on the city wall and bade his veteran
warrior go out to accept it. At the head of a few
horsemen, Huang Zhong dashed across the
drawbridge. The two champions engaged, and at the
end of half a hundred bouts neither had the
advantage. On both sides the soldiers cheered
When the drums were beating most furiously,
suddenly Guan Yu wheeled round his horse and fled.
Of course Huang Zhong followed. Just as the
moment for the feint arrived, Guan Yu heard behind
him a tremendous crash and turned to see his
pursuer lying prone upon the ground. Huang Zhong’s
steed had stumbled and thrown him.
Guan Yu turned, raised his sword in both hands,
and cried in a fierce tone, “I spare your life, but quick!
Get another horse and come again to battle.”
Huang Zhong pulled his horse to its feet hastily,
leapt upon its back, and went into the city at full
speed. The Governor was astonished and asked for
an account of the accident.
“The horse is too old,” replied Huang Zhong.
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“Why did you not shoot since your aim is so
perfect?” asked the Governor.
“I will try again tomorrow,” said Huang Zhong.
“Then I will run away as if overcome, and so tempt
him to the drawbridge and then shoot him.”
Han Xuan gave the veteran a gray horse that he
usually rode himself; Huang Zhong thanked him and
But Huang Zhong could not forget Guan Yu’s
generous conduct, nor could he understand it. He
could not make up his mind to shoot the man who
had spared his life. Yet if he did not shoot, he
betrayed his duty as a soldier. It was very perplexing,
and the whole night spent in thinking it over found
him still undecided.
At daybreak a man came in saying that Guan Yu
was near the wall and challenging them again. So
Huang Zhong gave order to go out.
Now Guan Yu, having fought for two days and not
having overcome Huang Zhong, was very ill at ease.
So he called up all his dignity when he went forth to
fight that day. When they had got to the thirtieth bout,
Huang Zhong fled as if he was overcome. Guan Yu
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As he rode away, Huang Zhong thought in his
heart, “He spared me only yesterday, and I cannot
bear to shoot him today.”
Putting up his sword, Huang Zhong took his bow
and twanged the string only; no arrow flew. Guan Yu
dodged, but seeing no arrow in the air, he retook the
pursuit. Again Huang Zhong twanged an arrowless
bowstring, and again Guan Yu dodged, but no arrow
came. Then Guan Yu said to himself, “He cannot
shoot,” and pressed on in pursuit.
As they neared the city wall, the veteran stopped
on the drawbridge, fitted an arrow, pulled the bow,
and sent an arrow flying that just hit the base of the
plume on Guan Yu’s helmet.
The soldiers shouted at the display of
marksmanship. Guan Yu was taken aback and set
off for camp with the arrow still sticking. Then he
heard that Huang Zhong’s skill was said to be equal
to piercing a willow leaf at a hundred paces, and
Guan Yu understood that he owed this warning in
the shape of an arrow in his plume to gratitude for
sparing the veteran the preceding day.
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Both withdrew. But when the veteran leader went
up on the wall to see the Governor, he was at once
“What have I done?” cried Huang Zhong.
“I have seen these last three days that you were
fooling me; you were slack the day before yesterday,
which proved you had some sinister intention.
Yesterday, when your horse stumbled and he spared
you, it showed that you were in league with him. And
today you twice twanged a vain bowstring, while at
the third shot you only hit your opponent’s helmet.
Dare you say there is no secret understanding in all
this? If I do not put you to death, it will assuredly
redound to my own hurt.”
Han Xuan ordered Huang Zhong to be executed
outside the city gate. Han Xuan also met the
intercession of the officers by saying, “Any one who
pleads for the condemned shall be regarded as in
the plot.”
The executioners had hustled the old man out of
the city and the sword was in the air and on the point
of descending, when a man suddenly dashed in, cut
down the lictor, and rescued Huang Zhong.
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“Huang Zhong is our bulwark;” shouted he, “to
destroy him is to destroy the Changsha people. This
Governor is too fierce and cruel, too lightly values
good people, and is too arrogant toward his officers.
We ought rather to kill him, and those who will, let
them follow me.”
All eyes turned toward this bold speaker, who
was bronzed and had eyes like the Cowherd’s star.
Some of them knew him as Wei Yan, a native of
Yiyang. He would have followed Liu Bei from
Xiangyang but, unable to come up with him, had
gone into the service of Han Xuan. Han Xuan took
exception to his arrogant carriage and lack of polish
and neglected him. And so Wei Yan had remained in
the city without office.
After the rescue of Huang Zhong, Wei Yan called
upon the people to make an end of the Governor. He
waved his arm and shouted to the people. Soon he
had a following of several hundreds. Huang Zhong
could not stop them. In a very short time, Wei Yan
had dashed up on the wall, and Han Xuan lay dead.
Taking his head, Wei Yan rode off out of the city to
lay the bloodstained trophy at the feet of Guan Yu,
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who forthwith went into the city to restore confidence.
When the people were all quiet, Guan Yu sent to
request Huang Zhong to come to see him, but the
old general pleaded illness.
Next Guan Yu sent the good news to his brother
and to Zhuge Liang and asked them to come.
Soon after Guan Yu had left to capture
Changsha, Liu Bei and Zhuge Liang had followed
him up with supports in case of need. While on the
march, a black flag was furled backwards and a crow
flew over from north to south croaking thrice as it
“What good or evil things do these omens
presage?” asked Liu Bei.
With hands hidden within his long sleeves, Zhuge
Liang performed a rapid calculation on his fingers of
the auspices and replied, “Changsha is taken and a
great leader mastered. We shall know soon after
Sure enough a simple soldier presently came
galloping along with the welcome tidings of the
capture of the city, and saying that the two city
warriors who had aided them were near waiting the
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arrival of Liu Bei. Soon after they arrived, Liu Bei
entered the city, where he was escorted to the
magistracy and heard the recital of Huang Zhong’s
Liu Bei went in person to Huang Zhong’s house
and inquired for him, whereupon Huang Zhong came
forth and yielded formally. Huang Zhong requested
to be permitted to bury the remains of the late
Governor on the east of the city.
Lofty as is heaven above earth was the spirit of
the general,
Who, even in his old age, suffered sorrows in the
Cheerfully had he approached death, with no
thought of resentment,
But, bowing before the conqueror, he hung his
head and was ashamed.
Praise the sword, gleaming snow−white, and the
glory of super−human bravery,
Consider the mail−clad steed snuffing the wind
and rejoicing in the battle,
That warrior’s name shall stand high and its
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brightness be undiminished,
While the cold moon sheds her light on the waters
of River Xiang.
Liu Bei was generous toward the veteran leader
who had come under his banner. But when Wei Yan
was introduced, Zhuge Liang suddenly ordered him
to be thrust forth and put to death.
“He has merit; he has committed no fault,”
exclaimed Liu Bei. “Why slay him?”
But Zhuge Liang replied, “Ingratitude; to eat a
man’s bread and slay him is most disloyal; to live on
his land and offer his territory to another is most
wrong. He will certainly turn against his new master.
Wherefore it is well to put him to death and prevent
him from doing harm.”
“If we slay this man, others who may wish to
surrender will be deterred by the danger. I pray you
forgive him.”
Zhuge Liang pointed his finger at Wei Yan and
said, “You are pardoned. You would do well to be
perfectly faithful to your lord as well as grateful. Do
not let a single thought stray elsewhere, or I will have
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your head by fair means or foul.”
Wei Yan made a low obeisance.
Having given in with good grace, Huang Zhong
introduced a nephew of Liu Biao, named Liu Pan,
then living in Yuxian near by. Liu Bei gave Liu Pan
the governorship of Changsha.
All being tranquil at the four territories, Liu Bei
and his army returned to Jingzhou City. The name of
Youkou was changed to Gongan, and soon all was
prosperous. Able people from all sides came to
assist in the administration. Guards were placed at
strategic points.
When Zhou Yu went to Chaisang to recover from
his wound, he left Gan Ning in command at Baling
and Ling Tong at Hanyang. The fleet was shared
between these two places to be ready to move when
required. The remainder of the force was under
Cheng Pu, and he went to Hefei, where Sun Quan
had been since the fight at the Red Cliffs. Sun Quan
was still fighting the northern army, and in half a
score encounters, small and great, neither had
gained a decided advantage. Sun Quan could not
approach the city but entrenched himself about
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fifteen miles away.
When Sun Quan heard of the coming of
reinforcements of Cheng Pu, he was very pleased
and went in person to meet and welcome the
leaders. Lu Su was in advance of the main body, and
Sun Quan dismounted and stood by the roadside to
greet him. As soon as he saw this, Lu Su slid out of
the saddle and made his obeisance.
But the officers were amazed at the attitude of
Sun Quan, and still more so when Sun Quan asked
Lu Su to remount and ride by his side.
Presently Sun Quan said secretly to Lu Su, “I, the
Lone One, dismounted to greet you as you saw; was
that manifestation enough for you?”
“No,” replied Lu Su.
“Then what further can I do?”
“I want to see your authority and virtue spread
over the four seas and enfold the nine regions, and
you yourself playing your part as emperor. Then will
my name be inscribed in the annals, and I shall
indeed be known.”
Sun Quan clapped his hands and laughed
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When they reached the camp, a banquet was
prepared and the services of the new arrivals were
praised and glorified.
The destruction of Hefei was one day under
discussion when one came in to say that Zhang Liao
had sent a written challenge to battle. Sun Quan tore
open the cover, and what he read therein made him
very wrath.
“This Zhang Liao has insulted me grossly,” said
he. “He hears that Cheng Pu has arrived and sends
a challenge. Tomorrow, O newly−come warriors, you
shall see me fight with him. You shall have no share
in the battle.” Orders were given that next morning
the army would move out of camp and advance on
Hefei. Early in the morning, when they had advanced
about halfway, they met the army of Cao Cao and
prepared for battle. Sun Quan, with helmet of gold
and breastplate of silver, rode to the front with Song
Qian and Jia Hua, each armed with a halberd to
support him and guard him one on each side.
When the third roll of the drum ceased, the center
of Cao Cao’s army opened to allow the exit of three
warriors, all fully armed. They were Zhang Liao,
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supported by Li Dian and Yue Jin. Zhang Liao, the
central figure, especially designated Sun Quan as
the object of his challenge. Sun Quan took his spear
and was about to accept the challenge, from when
the ranks behind him came out Taishi Ci, who
galloped forth with his spear ready to thrust. Zhang
Liao whirled up his sword to strike the newcomer,
and the two fought near a hundred bouts without a
decisive blow.
Then said Li Dian to Yue Jin, “He there opposite
us with the golden helm is Sun Quan; could we but
capture him, the loss of our eight hundred thirty
thousand soldiers at the Red Cliffs would be amply
So speaking Yue Jin rode out, alone, just one
man and one sword, and went sidelong toward the
two combatants. Then suddenly, swift as a flash of
lightning, he ran forward and slashed at Sun Quan.
But Sun Quan’s two guards were too quick for him.
Up went the two halberds of Song Qian and Jia Hua
guarding their lord’s head. The blow fell, but on the
crossed halberds which were shorn through near the
head, and in another moment they were hammering
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away on the head of Yue Jin’s steed with the shafts
of their broken weapons and forcing it back.
Song Qian snatched a spear from a soldier near
and went in pursuit of Yue Jin, but Li Dian, on the
other side, fitted an arrow to his bow and aimed at
Song Qian’s heart from behind. And Song Qian fell
as the bowstring twanged.
Then Taishi Ci, seeing his colleague fell, left off
the fight with Zhang Liao and returned to his own
line. At this Zhang Liao fell on in a swift attack, and
the army of Sun Quan, thrown into confusion,
scattered and fled.
Zhang Liao, having distinguished Sun Quan in the
distance, galloped in pursuit and had nearly come up
with him, when Cheng Pu happily rushed in from one
side of the line of fight, stayed the pursuit, and saved
his master. Zhang Liao withdrew to Hefei. Sun Quan
was escorted back to his main camp, where his
beaten soldiers gradually rejoined him and their
ranks were reformed.
When Sun Quan knew of the death of Song Qian,
he was greatly pained and wept aloud.
But Zhang Hong, the adviser, reproached him,
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saying, “My lord, you relied too much upon your
martial prowess and lightly engaged in battle with a
formidable enemy. Every person in the army was
chilled with fear, and you lost a general and some of
your banners. It is not for you to exhibit prowess on
the actual battlefield and encroach upon the duties of
a general. Rather curb and repress such physical
feats as those ancient Xia Yu and Meng Ben, and
contemplate schemes of exercising princely virtues
with the hegemony of all the feudal states. It is
because of your ill−regulated action in engaging in
battle that Song Qian perished at the hands of your
enemies. Hereafter you should regard as most
important your personal safety.”
“Yes; it is indeed a fault,” said Sun Quan. “I will
Soon after, Taishi Ci entered the tent and said, “In
my command there is a certain Ge Ding, brother of a
groom in the army of Zhang Liao. This servant is
deeply resentful on account of a punishment inflicted
upon him and is anxious to be revenged. He has
sent over to say that he will show a signal tonight
when he has assassinated Zhang Liao in revenge for
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the death of your late leader Song Qian. I wish to
take some troops over to await this signal to attack.”
“Where is Ge Ding?” asked Sun Quan.
“Ge Ding has mingled with the enemy and gone
into the city. Let me have five thousand soldiers.”
Zhuge Jin said, “Zhang Liao is full of guile; I think
you will find him prepared for your coming. Be
As Taishi Ci urged his chief to let him go, and Sun
Quan was deeply hurt by the death of his leader, the
permission was given and the force started.
Now here it must be said that Taishi Ci and this
Ge Ding were natives of the same place. Ge Ding
had made his way into the city without detection,
found his brother, and the two had arranged their
plot. Ge Ding also told him, saying, “Taishi Ci will
come over tonight to help us; what need to be done
His brother, the groom, said, “As the troops of
Sun Quan are far away, I fear they cannot be here
tonight, so we will make a huge bonfire of straw and
then you can rush out and cry treachery. That will
throw all into confusion and will give a chance to kill
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Zhang Liao.”
“This is an excellent plan,” said Ge Ding.
Now after the victory, Zhang Liao returned to the
city and rewarded his soldiers, but he issued orders
that no one was to doff his armor or sleep. His
attendants said, “You have gained a great victory
today, and the enemy are far away. You might doff
your armor and get some repose.”
But Zhang Liao replied, “That is not the way of a
leader. A victory is no reason for rejoicing, nor
should a defeat cause sadness. If those of the South
Land suspect that I am unprepared, they will attack;
and we must be ready to repel them. Be ready
tonight and be doubly careful.”
Scarcely had he said this than a fire started and
cries of “Treachery!” arose. Many rushed to tell the
leader, who went out and called together his guard of
about half a score. They took up a commanding
position in the way.
Those about him said, “The shouts are insistent;
you ought to go and see what it means.”
“A whole city cannot be traitors,” said Zhang Liao.
“Some discontented person has frightened the
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soldiers. If I see any one doing so, I will slay him.”
Soon after this Li Dian dragged up Ge Ding and
his fellow traitor. After a few brief questions, they
were beheaded.
Then arose a great noise, shouting and the rolling
of drums was heard outside the gate.
“That means the troops of South Land are there
to help,” said Zhang Liao. “But we will destroy them
by a simple ruse.”
He bade them light torches and yell “Treachery!
Rebellion!” and throw open the city gates and let
down the drawbridge.
When Taishi Ci saw the gates swing open, he
thought his scheme was going well and in full
confidence rode in at the gate. But just at the
entrance a signal bomb suddenly exploded, and the
enemy arrows came down on him like pelting rain.
Then he knew he had fallen into a snare and turned
to ride out. But he was wounded in many places.
And in the pursuit that followed, more than half the
troops under Taishi Ci were cut off. As he drew near
his own lines, a rescue force led by Lu Xun and
Dong Xi came to his aid, and the Cao Cao’s soldiers
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ceased from pursuit.
Sun Quan was exceedingly sad when he learned
that his faithful general had been grievously
wounded; and when Zhang Zhao prayed him to
cease from war, Sun Quan was content. They
gathered in their soldiers to their ships and sailed to
Nanxu and Runzhou where they camped.
Meanwhile Taishi Ci was dying.
When his lord went to ask how he fared, he cried,
“When a worthy person is born into a turbulent world,
he has to be a soldier and gird on a three−span
sword to step on the mountains to mend the sky. I
have not rendered great service. Why must I die
before I have attained my desire?”
These were his last words; he was forty−one
years of age.
Single minded and perfectly loyal,
Such was Taishi Ci, in Donglai,
Far distant frontiers rang with his exploits,
Riding or archery, all humans he excelled,
One in Bohai who admired his valor,
Cared for his mother while he was fighting,
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How he roared in the battle at Shenting!
Dying, he spoke as a hero;
All through the ages people sigh for his fate.
Sun Quan was exceedingly grieved when this
second of his leaders died. He gave orders to bury
his remains most honorably outside the north wall of
Nanxu on Beigu Hill and took his son, Taishi Heng,
into his own palace to be brought up.
In Jingzhou, when Liu Bei heard of the series of
misfortunes that had befallen Sun Quan and of his
retirement to Nanxu, he and Zhuge Liang discussed
their plans.
Said Zhuge Liang, “I was studying the sky and
saw a falling star in the northwest. The imperial
family is to suffer a loss.”
Zhuge Liang had scarcely said this when they
brought news of the death of Liu Qi, son of Liu Biao.
Liu Bei at once began to wail bitterly. But his
adviser said to him, “Life and death are beyond our
control, wherefore weep not, my lord, for grief harms
the body. Rather consider what is necessary to be
done. Send some one to assume control and make
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arrangements for the interment.”
“Who can go?” asked Liu Bei.
“No other than Guan Yu.”
So they sent Guan Yu to guard the city of
Liu Bei at once began to feel troubled about his
promise to surrender Jingzhou on the death of Liu
Qi. Zhuge Liang did not consider this a matter of
Zhuge Liang said, “I will have somewhat to say to
any one who comes to ask fulfillment of the
promise.” In half a month it was announced that Lu
Su would come to mourn at the funeral.
To claim the promise one will come,
But they will send him empty home.
What reply Zhuge Liang made may be read in the
next chapter.

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