a time, a young man invited a young woman to his own study and lived together
with her. The young woman claimed that she had fled from domestic violence.
ferocious ghost was painting the skin.
Wang Sheng was taking a walk as usual when a Taoist priest came up and
told him that he was in danger.
suspicion, he went home, only to find that a ferocious ghost adding touches
onto a painted skin spread on his bed. With it, the ghost turned into
the woman he loved. Horrified, Wang Sheng found the priest who gave him
a duster for protection.
Sheng's wife is entreating the vagrant to bring him back to life.
Wang Sheng stayed with his wife. The duster did not save his life. The
ghost came and snatched his heart away. Wang Sheng’s wife asked
her brother-in-law to help look for the Taoist priest.
priest came and slaughtered the ghost, but could not bring Wang Sheng's
wife implored him to help. The priest recommended a tramp in the street
and told her not to be offended by his insults.
verbal abuse, the tramp made her to eat his phlegm, which she did but
could not swallow. With mortification, she came back home. Holding her
husband's body, she wailed and wailed when, all of a sudden, something
jumped out of her mouth. Before she could catch it, it had already fallen
into the opening where Wang Sheng’s heart had used to be. On a close
look, she was shocked: it was a heart! With it Wang Sheng came to life
retold/ translated by Haiwang Yuan, ©2003
Last updated: October 9, 2003