Zhiguai

Miss Lian-Hsiang by Pu Songling (1640-1715); Translated by H.A. Giles

There was a young man named Sang Tsu-ming, a native of I-chou, who had been left an orphan when quite young. He lived near the Saffron market, and kept himself very much to himself, only going out twice a day for his meals to a neighbour’s close by, and sitting quietly at home all the rest of his time. One day the said neighbour called, and asked him in joke if he wasn’t afraid of devil-foxes, so much alone as …

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