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CHAPTER 86. Using Words, Qin Mi Overcomes Zhang Wen; Setting Fire, Xu Sheng Defeats Cao Pi.

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After his recent exploits, Lu Xun became the one
hero of Wu. He was given the title General Who
Upholds the State, was ennobled as Lord of
Jiangling, and received the Governorship of
Jingzhou. He became Supreme Commander of all
the military forces.
Zhang Zhao and Gu Yong, thinking the moment
opportune for enhancing their lord’s dignity, sent in a
memorial proposing that his rule should be
designated by a distinctive style, and Sun Quan
assumed Yellow Might as his reign style (AD 222).
Then arrived a messenger from Wei, and he was
called in to an assembly and bidden to state his
business.
The messenger said, “Recently Shu sent to Wei
for help, and, the situation being misunderstood, the
Ruler of Wei dispatched a force against Wu. Now
this action is greatly regretted. In Wei it is thought
desirable to set four armies in motion against Shu to
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capture it; and if Wu will assist, and success crown
these efforts, Wei and Wu will share the conquered
territory.”
Sun Quan listened, but was not prepared to give
a decided answer. He betook himself to his
counselors, Zhang Zhao and Gu Yong, who said, “Lu
Xun is the man of profound knowledge; he should be
consulted.”
So Lu Xun was called, and his speech ran thus:
“Cao Pi is too firmly established in the Middle Land
to be upset now; and if this offer of his be refused,
we shall provoke his enmity. Neither Wei nor Wu, so
far as I see, has any one fit to oppose Zhuge Liang.
We must perforce consent and put our army in order.
But we can wait till we see how the four armies
speed. If Shu seems likely to fall and Zhuge Liang is
outmaneuvered, then our army can be dispatched
and we will take Capital Chengdu. If the four armies
fail, we shall have to consider.”
So Sun Quan said to the envoy of Wei, “We are
not ready at the moment, so we will choose a day to
start later.”
And with this answer the envoy left.
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Next they made careful inquiries about the
success or failure of the four armies against Shu.
The spies reported: “The western Qiangs under
Kebi Neng have turned back when they saw Ma
Chao in command at Xiping Pass. The southern
Mangs led by Meng Huo have been perplexed at the
tactics of Wei Yan and have retreated to their
territories. The Shangyong leader, Meng Da, have
set out, but half way have fallen ill and gone back.
And Cao Zhen’s army, while marching toward
Yangping Pass, have been brought to a halt by the
defensive preparations of Zhao Yun, who has
garrisoned every pass and occupied every point of
vantage; they have eventually retreated, after being
camped in the Xie Valley for some time.”
Knowing all this, Sun Quan said to his officials,
“Lu Xun’s words were indeed prophetic; he made
most perfect deductions. Any rash action on my part
would place me on bad terms with Shu.” Just then
the coming of an envoy from Shu was announced.
Said Zhang Zhao, “This mission is also part of
Zhuge Liang’s scheme to divert danger from Shu.
Deng Zhi has come as envoy.”
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“That being so, how should I reply?” asked Sun
Quan.
“I will tell you. Set up a large cauldron and pour
therein a quantity of oil. Light a fire beneath. When
the oil is boiling, choose a goodly company of your
tallest and brawniest fighting guards, arm them and
draw them up in lines between the palace gate and
your throne room. Then summon Deng Zhi; but
before he can say a word, forewarn him that he will
have the same fate of being boiled in oil if being
guilty of the same sort of treachery as Li Yiji when he
was a persuader to the state of Qi. Then see what
Deng Zhi will say.”
Sun Quan followed this advice, and prepared the
cauldron of oil and had the strong guards ready.
Then he bade them introduce the envoy.
Deng Zhi came, his ceremonial dress in perfect
order, and advanced as far as the gate. Seeing the
grim array of fighting men armed, some with
gleaming swords, some with great axes, some with
long spears, and some with short knives, he
understood at once what was meant, but he never
blenched. He advanced quite steadily and bravely till
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he reached the door of the hall. Even when he saw
the boiling cauldron of oil and the savage
executioners glaring at him, he only smiled.
He was led to the front of the curtain behind
which sat the Prince of Wu, and he made the
ordinary salutation of raising his extended arms, but
he did not bow in obeisance.
The Prince bade his attendants roll up the curtain,
and called out, “Why do you not make an
obeisance?”
Deng Zhi boldly replied, “The envoy of the
superior state does not make an obeisance to the
ruler of a smaller country.”
“If you do not control that tongue of yours, but will
let it wag, you will be like that fellow Li Yiji who went
to talk to Qi. You will soon find yourself in the
cauldron.”
Then Deng Zhi laughed aloud, saying, “People
say there are many sages in Wu; no one would
believe that they would be frightened of a simple
scholar.”
This reply only increased Sun Quan’s anger, and
he said, “Who fears an unmerited fool like you?”
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“If you fear not the envoy, why so anxious about
what he may have to say?”
“Because you come here as spokesman of Zhuge
Liang, and you want me to sever with Wei and turn
to your country; is not that your message?”
“I am a simple scholar of Shu, and I am come to
explain matters to the state of Wu. But here I find
armed guards and a boiling cauldron all prepared
against a simple envoy. How can I form any other
opinion than that you will not allow me to speak?”
As soon as Sun Quan heard these words, he
bade the soldiers go, and called the envoy into the
hall. There he invited him to a seat and said, “What
is the real matter between Wei and Wu? I desire that
you would inform me.” Then Deng Zhi replied, “Do
you, great Prince, desire to discuss peace with Wei
or with Shu?”
“I really desire to discuss peace with the Ruler of
Shu. But he is young and inexperienced and
ignorant, and unable to carry a matter through.”
“Prince, you are a valiant warrior, just as Zhuge
Liang is a great minister. Now Shu has the strength
of its mountainous geography just as Wu has the
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protection of its three rivers. If these two countries
are at peace, they are mutually protective. They may
swallow up the rest of the empire, or they may stand
secure alone. If you send tribute to Wei and
acknowledge yourself one of its ministers, you will be
expected to attend at court, and your heir−apparent
will become a servant in that court; and if you
disobey, an army of Wei will be sent to attack you.
Shu also will come down the river and invade your
country. Then this country will be yours no longer.
And if you listen not to these words of mine, and
refuse my offer, I shall commit suicide before your
face and so justify the post I have as an envoy.”
As Deng Zhi spoke these last words, he gathered
up his robes and marched down the hall as though
he was just going to jump into the cauldron.
“Stop him!” cried Sun Quan, and they did so.
Then he requested Deng Zhi to go into an inner
apartment, where he treated the envoy as a guest of
the highest honor.
“O Master,” said Sun Quan, “your words exactly
express my thoughts, and I desire to make a league
of peace with your country. Are you willing to be the
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intermediary?”
“Just now it was you, O Prince, who wished to
boil this poor servant; now it is also you who wish to
use him. How can such a doubtful person be
trusted?”
“My mind is made up,” replied Sun Quan. “Do not
doubt me, Master.”
Deng Zhi was detained, and a conclave of officers
gathered.
Said Sun Quan to the assembly, “Under my hand
are all eighty−one counties of the southeast, and I
have the lands of Jingzhou to boot, yet I am not so
well off as that little country of Shu, for Shu has Deng
Zhi for an envoy, and he glorifies his lord. I have no
one to send to declare my wishes to Shu.”
Then one stepped forth and said he would go.
The speaker was Zhang Wen of Wucheng, who held
the office of Imperial Commander.
“Sir, I fear that when you reach Shu and are in the
presence of Zhuge Liang, you will not explain my
real sentiments,” said Sun Quan.
Zhang Wen replied, “Think you that I shall fear
him? He also is but a man.”
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Sun Quan conferred great gifts on Zhang Wen,
and sent him on the return mission to Shu to
negotiate the league of peace.
While Deng Zhi was absent, Zhuge Liang said to
his lord, “This mission to Wu will succeed, and of the
many wise people in the east one will come as return
envoy. Your Majesty should treat him with courtesy,
and let him return to Wu to complete the league. For
if we have an alliance with Wu, Wei will not dare to
send an army against us. And if we are safe from
those quarters, I will lead an expedition to subdue
the Mangs in the south country. After that we can
deal with Wei. If Wei is reduced, Wu will not last
long, and the whole empire will again be under one
ruler.”
Presently the report reached the capital that Deng
Zhi and Zhang Wen, as envoy of Wu, would soon
arrive. The Latter Ruler assembled the courtiers to
receive them honorably. The envoy of Wu carried
himself as one who had attained his desires, and
advanced boldly. Having made his salute, the Latter
Ruler gave him to sit on a brocaded stool on his left
hand. A banquet followed at which Zhang Wen was
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treated with much honor. At the end of the banquet,
the whole court escorted the envoy to the
guest−house where he was to lodge.
On the second day there was a banquet at the
Prime Minister’s palace, and Zhuge Liang broached
the real business.
He said, “Our First Ruler was not on friendly
terms with Wu. But that is all changed, as is
demonstrated by these banquets, and our present
Emperor is disposed to be very friendly. It is hoped
that the former enmity may be entirely forgotten and
the two countries swear eternal friendship and
alliance in their common end—the destruction of
Wei. I look to you, Sir, to speak in favor of this
league.”
Zhang Wen said that he would support the plan.
The wine went merrily round, and as the envoy
became mellow, he laughed freely and swaggered
and put on a proud demeanor.
Next day the Latter Ruler gave Zhang Wen rich
presents of gold and studs and prepared a parting
banquet for him in the south guest−chamber, and all
the court assembled to take leave of him. The Prime
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Minister paid him assiduous attention and pressed
him to drink. While this banquet was in progress, a
man suddenly came in as if he were already drunk,
made a proud sort of salutation to the company and
at once took a seat.
His conduct seemed strange to Zhang Wen, who
asked, “Who is the new comer, Sir Prime Minister?”
“He is a man named Qin Mi, a Doctorate
Academician of Yiazhou,” replied Zhuge Liang.
“He may be that,” said Zhang Wen with a laugh,
“but I wonder if he has any learning at all inside him.”
Qin Mi listened without changing countenance,
and said, “Since our children are all learned, of
course I am more so.”
“What may have been your special studies, Sir?”
said Zhang Wen.
“Everything: astronomy on one hand, geography
on the other, the three teachings and the nine
systems, all the philosophers, history all through, and
all sacred books and traditions. There is nothing I
have not read.”
“Since you talk so big,” said Zhang Wen, “I should
like to ask you a few questions on celestial matters.
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Now has the sky a head?”
“Yes; it has a head.”
“Where is it?”
“In the western quarter; the Odes say, ‘God turns
his head kindly toward the west,’ and further it
follows from this that the head is in the west.”
“Well; has the sky ears?” “Oh, yes. The sky is
above and listens to all things below. The Odes say,
‘The crane calls from the midst of the marsh, its cry
is heard by the sky.’ How could the sky hear without
ears?”
“Has the sky feet?”
“It has; the Odes say, ‘Heaven treads down
difficulties.’ If there were no feet, how could it tread?”
“Has heaven a name?”
“Why not?”
“Then what is it?”
“Liu.”
“How do you know that?”
“Because the Emperor’s family name is Liu, and
he is the Son of Heaven. That is how I know.”
“Does the sun spring from the east?”
“Though it does, yet it sets in the west.”
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All this time Qin Mi’s repartees had flashed back
clear and perfect; they came so naturally as to
astonish all the guests. Zhang Wen had no word to
reply to them.
Then it became Qin Mi’s turn, “You are a famous
scholar in your own land, Sir; and since you have
asked so many questions about Heaven, I take it you
are I well up in all celestial matters. When original
chaos resolved into its two elements, negativity and
positivity (yin and yang), the lighter portion rose and
became sky, and the grosser sank and solidified into
earth. When Gong Gong’s rebellion was crushed, his
head struck the Imperfect Mountain, the pillar, which
upholds heaven, was broken and the bonds of earth
were destroyed. Heaven fell over to the northwest,
and earth sank into the southeast. Since heaven was
ethereal and had floated to the top, how could it fall
over? Another thing I do not know is what is beyond
the ether. I should be glad if you would explain,
Master.”
Zhang Wen had no reply ready, but he rose from
his place and bowed his acknowledgment, saying, “I
knew not that there was so much ability in this land. I
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am happy to have heard such a discourse. Now all
obstructions have disappeared, and I see quite
clearly.”
But Zhuge Liang, fearing lest the guest should
feel mortified, soothed him with fair words, saying,
“This is all play upon words, the sort of puzzles one
propounds at a merry feast. You, honored Sir, know
that the tranquillity and safety of states are no
matters to joke with.”
The envoy bowed. Then Deng Zhi was ordered to
return to Wu and thank its ruler for his courtesy, and
he was to accompany Zhang Wen. So both, having
taken leave of the Prime Minister, set out on their
journey to the east.
In the meantime Sun Quan was beginning to feel
perplexed at the long delay of his envoy. He had
summoned a council to discuss this question, when
the report came that his own envoy had returned,
and Deng Zhi was with him. They were brought in
forthwith; and Zhang Wen, having made his
obeisance, began to discourse upon the virtue of the
Ruler of Shu and Zhuge Liang and to lay before his
lord the proposal for a league of peace. Deng Zhi,
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the Chair of the Secretariat, was empowered to
discuss this matter.
Turning to Deng Zhi, Sun Quan said, “Would it
not be a happy result if tranquillity should be restored
to the empire by the destruction of Wei, and Wu and
Shu should share its administration?”
“The sky knows not two suns,” replied Deng Zhi,
“nor can the people recognize two kings. If Wei be
destroyed, no one can say upon whom the divine
command will devolve. But one who becomes a
prince must perfect his virtue, and those who
become ministers must be wholly loyal. In this way
strife will cease.”
Sun Quan smiled, saying, “And your sincerity is
beyond question.”
Deng Zhi was dismissed with rich gifts, and after
this Wu and Shu were good friends.
The negotiations between his two rivals were
reported in Capital Luoyang without loss of time, and
Cao Pi was very angry.
“If they have made an alliance, it can only mean
that they cherish the intention of swallowing the
Middle Land. My best move is to strike first.”
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He called a great council. This council lacked the
presence of Regent Marshal Cao Ren and High
Counselor Jia Xu, who had both died.
In the council Counselor Xin Pi stepped forward
and said, “The country is extensive, but the
population so sparse that no successful army could
be raised just now. My advice is to wait ten years,
spending that period in forming an army and in
cultivating the land till stores and weapons shall have
been accumulated. Then both our rivals may be
destroyed.”
“This is only the distorted opinion of a perverted
pedant. Having made this league, Shu and Wu may
fall upon us at any moment. This matter cannot be
postponed for ten years,” said the Ruler of Wei.
An edict appeared commanding the enlistment of
soldiers and the formation of an army to subdue Wu.
Sima Yi then said, “Battleships are necessary, as
Wu is protected by the Great River. Your Majesty
must lead small and big vessels. The navy can
advance by way of River Huai, taking Shouchun.
When you reach Guangling, the river is to be
crossed and Nanxu is to be captured. Then Wu will
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be subdued.”
This plan was accepted, and the construction of
dragon ships was put in hand and went on day and
night. Ten were built two hundred spans long to carry
two thousand marines each. They also collected
three thousand fighting ships.
In the autumn of the fifth year of Yellow Dawn
(AD 224) the various generals assembled, and Cao
Zhen was appointed leader of the first corps. Zhang
Liao, Zhang He, Wen Ping, and Xu Huang were
Chief Commanders; Xu Chu and Lu Qian were
guards of the center army; and Cao Xiu commanded
the rear guard; the strategists were Liu Ye and Jiang
Ji. In all, land and marine forces numbered over
three hundred thousand troops. When the starting
day was decided upon, Sima Yi was made Chair of
the Secretariat and left in the capital with the powers
of Regent Marshal.
The spies told the Prince of Wu’s attendants of
the dangers, and the latter hastened to inform the
Prince.
They said, “Cao Pi is leading the dragon fleet and
commanding three hundred thousand marines and
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ground forces against the South Land, and the
danger is very great.” When Sun Quan met his
council, Gu Yong said, “My lord, you can call upon
Shu for help according to the treaty. Write to Zhuge
Liang and get him to send out an army through
Hanzhong so as to divert part of Wei’s army. Also
you send an army to Nanxu to oppose them there.”
“I shall have to recall Lu Xun,” said the Prince.
“He is the only man to undertake this great task.”
“Do not move him if you can help it; he is
necessary for the protection of Jingzhou.”
“Yes, I know; but there is no other strong enough
to help me.”
At these words Xu Sheng advanced, saying, “I
know I am not very able, but I desire to be given an
army to meet this danger. If Cao Pi crosses the river
in person, I will make him prisoner and present him
at the gate of your palace. If he does not come over
here, I will slay so many of his soldiers that his army
shall not dare even to look southward.”
Sun Quan was pleased to find a willing volunteer,
and replied, “Noble Sir, what anxiety need I feel if I
have your protection?”
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Xu Sheng was given the title of General Who
Protects the East and made Chief Commander of all
the forces in Nanxu and Jianye. As soon as he had
received his orders, he retired. He gave command to
gather enormous quantities of weapons, and had
many flags and banners made for the protection of
the river banks.
But another impetuous young leader was anxious
to take more vigorous measures, and he stood forth,
saying, “My lord has laid upon you, O General, a
heavy responsibility; but if you really desire to
destroy the invading force and capture Cao Pi, you
should send an army to meet him on the north side
in the South of River Huai. I fear failure if you wait till
the northern troops have come this far.”
The young man was Sun Shao, nephew of the
Prince of Wu. He had already the title of General
Who Possesses Wide Prestige, and was in
command at Guangling. Though young and
impetuous, he was very valiant.
“Cao Pi’s army is strong and its leaders famous. I
hold that we may not cross the river to meet him, but
wait the arrival of his ships on the other side. Then I
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shall carry out my plan,” said Xu Sheng.
“I have three thousand troops of my own, and I
know the country about Guangling thoroughly. Let
me go across the river and fight a battle. I will
willingly undergo the penalty if I fail,” said Sun Shao.
However, Xu Sheng refused, and all the
pleadings of his impetuous general were vain. And
when he still persisted, the Commander grew angry
and said, “What control shall I have if you are
allowed to disobey orders?”
Xu Sheng ordered the lictors to take Sun Shao
out and put him to death.
They led him away, and forthwith the black flag
was hoisted. But one of Sun Shao’s generals went
off in hot haste to tell Sun Quan, who came
immediately to try to save his favorite.
Happily the execution had not been accomplished
when the Prince appeared on the scene, and he
bade the executioners disperse. The youth was
saved.
Sun Shao began to press his claim to the Prince,
saying, “I have been at Guangling, and if we do not
attack the enemy there, but let him get down to the
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river, there will be an end of Wu.” Sun Quan went
into the camp, and Xu Sheng came to receive him.
When the Prince was seated in his tent, Xu Sheng
said, “O Prince, you placed me in command of the
force to repulse Wei. Now this general of mine, Sun
Shao, is disobedient and should suffer death. I would
ask why he should be pardoned.”
“He is naturally hot and impetuous. He has been
guilty of disobedience, but I hope you will overlook
his fault.”
“The law is none of my making, nor is it yours, O
Prince; it is a state penalty, and if relationship is
enough to evade it, where is discipline?”
“He has offended, and you have the right to judge
and punish. But although his real name is Yu Shao,
yet my brother Sun Ce loved him and gave him our
family name. He has rendered me good service, and
if he should be put to death, I should fail in my
fraternal duty.”
“Since you have intervened, O Prince, I remit the
death penalty.”
Sun Quan bade his nephew thank his chief, but
the youth would not make an obeisance. On the
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contrary, he loudly maintained the correctness of his
view.
“I can only lead my troops against Cao Pi and so
die,” cried Sun Shao. “I cannot consent to the other
plan.”
Xu Sheng’s countenance changed. The
recalcitrant young man was ordered to leave the tent
by Sun Quan.
“He will not be any loss,” said Sun Quan, “and I
will not employ him again.”
Then the Prince left and returned to his own
place. That night they reported to Xu Sheng that Sun
Shao had gone secretly over the river with his own
three thousand troops, and the Commander, who did
not wish him to come to harm, as evidently that
would displease the Prince, sent a force to support
him. Ding Feng was chosen to command this
reinforcement, and he was told what to do.
The Ruler of Wei, in his dragon ships, reached
Guangling, and the van got to the river bank. He
came to survey the position.
“How many soldiers are on the other bank?”
asked Cao Pi.
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Cao Zhen replied, “I have not seen a single one;
nor are there any flags or encampments.”
“That is a ruse; I will go and find out.”
So Cao Pi set out to cross the river in one of the
dragon ships. He anchored under the bank. On his
boat were displayed the imperial emblems of dragon,
phoenix, sun, moon, and they shone out bravely.
Seated in the ship, the Emperor looked up and down
the south bank, but not a man was visible.
“Do you think we should cross?” asked the
Emperor of his strategists.
“If the rules of war mean anything, they ought to
be prepared. We think Your Majesty should exercise
caution. Wait a few days and watch. Then perhaps
the van might be sent to make a reconnaissance.”
“So I think,” said the Ruler of Wei. “But as it is
now late, we will pass the night on the river.”
It was a dark night, and the ships was brilliantly
lighted up; it seemed like day on board. But all along
the south bank there appeared no glimmer of light.
“What do you think it means?” said Cao Pi.
The courtiers replied, “They heard that Your
Majesty’s heavenly army was coming, and ran away
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like so many rats.”
The Ruler of Wei laughed to himself. When
daylight came there came with it a thick fog, so that
nothing on the bank could be seen. After a time, a
breeze blew off the fog, and then, to their immense
surprise, they found that the whole length of the
South of the Great River as far as they could see
was one battlement, with towers at intervals, while
spears and swords glittered in the sun and flags and
pennons fluttered in the breeze.
In just a short time several reports came: “A long
wall by the Great River has grown up in a night and
stood there with carts and masts of ships lying along
it, stretching some one hundred miles from Shidou to
Nanxu.”
The fact was that the wall was an imitation, and
the warriors that manned it were bundles of reeds
dressed in soldiers’ uniforms. But the sight chilled the
ardor of the invaders.
“My hosts of troops are no use against such
warriors; we can do nothing against those talents of
the South Land,” said Cao Pi.
He thought over this sadly enough. But now the
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wind had increased in force, and white combers
began to heave up in the river, and waters broke
over his boat, drenching the dragon robes. The ship
seemed as if it would roll right over. So Cao Zhen
sent out small boats to rescue his master and his
people. But they were too affrighted to move.
Wherefore Wen Ping, who was in charge, leaped on
board and helped the Emperor down into one of the
smaller craft, which then flew away before the wind
and got safely into a creek.
Soon came a hasty messenger to report: “Zhao
Yun is marching out through Yangping Pass and
threatening Changan.”
This frightened Cao Pi so badly that he decided to
retreat, and gave orders to retire. The whole army
were in a mood to run away, and moved off toward
the north, pursued by the troops of Wu. To hasten
the march, the Ruler of Wei bade his soldiers
abandon all the imperial paraphernalia and
impediments. The dragon ships withdrew into River
Huai one by one.
As they moved in disorder, suddenly arose the
sounds of an enemy force, shouts and the rolling of
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drums and the blaring of trumpets, and a cohort
marched down obliquely on to their line. And at the
head was Sun Shao.
The troops of Wei could make no effective stand,
and many were slain, while large numbers were
driven into the river and drowned. By dint of great
efforts, the Emperor was saved and got away up the
river. But when they had sailed about ten miles, they
saw ahead a tract of blazing reeds. The enemy had
poured fish oil over the dry reeds and set them afire.
The wind was spreading the flames down river
toward the fleet of Wei, and the heat was intense.
The dragon ships had to stop.
Cao Pi was put into a smaller craft and taken on
shore; his larger ships were presently set on fire and
destroyed. They mounted the Emperor on a horse
and moved along the bank, but soon they fell in with
another body of troops. This time it was the supports
under Ding Feng. Zhang Liao rode ahead to engage
the leader, but was soon wounded by an arrow of
Ding Feng in the loins. However, he was helped
away by Xu Huang, and the Ruler of Wei was got
safely out of the turmoil. The loss of soldiers was
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heavy, and a huge booty of horses, carts, ships, and
weapons fell to the victors.
So the Wei armies went away north thoroughly
beaten, while Xu Sheng had scored a great success.
Sun Quan richly rewarded him.
Zhang Liao got to Xuchang, but only to die from
the effects of his wound. He was honorably buried by
the Ruler of Wei.
It has been said that Zhao Yun was threatening
Changan; but soon after he went through Yangping
Pass, the Prime Minister of Shu sent a dispatch to
recall him because Veteran General Yong Kai in
Yiazhou had joined himself with the Mangs and
invaded the four southern territories. So Zhao Yun
returned. Meanwhile Ma Chao was ordered to take
command of Yangping Pass. The Prime Minister was
about to go to subdue the nations along the south
border. He was then preparing at Chengdu for this
expedition.
First Wu met Wei and drove them north,
Then Shu against the Mangs went south.
Three Kingdoms Romance
The story of this campaign will follow in the next
chapters.

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