“We certainly will,” they cried, “and wish you long life.” That night the tables were spread in an inner room, and his friends gathered there. When the wine had made a few rounds, the host suddenly covered his face and began to weep. the guests were aghast. “Sir, on your birthday too, why do you weep?” said they.   “It is not my birthday,” replied Wang Yun. “But I wished to call you together, and I feared lest Dong Zhuo should suspect, so I made that the excuse. This man insults the Emperor and does as he wishes so that the imperial prerogatives are in imminentRead More →

A general named Wu Fu was disgusted at this ferocity and sought a chance to slay Dong Zhuo. Wu Fu constantly wore a breastplate underneath his court dress and carried in conceal a sharp dagger. One day when Dong Zhuo came to court, Wu Fu met him on the steps and tried to stab him. But Dong Zhuo was a very powerful man and held Wu Fu off till Lu Bu came to his help. Lu Bu struck down the assailant. “Who told you to rebel?” said Dong Zhuo. Wu Fu glared at him and cried, “You are not my prince, I am not yourRead More →

“Let me say farewell to my mother,” begged he, and he did so in these lines: [hip, hip, hip]“the heaven and earth are changed, Alas! the sun and the moon leave their courses, I, once the center of all eyes, am driven to the farthest confines, Oppressed by an arrogant minister my life nears its end, Everything fails me and vain are my falling tears.”[yip, yip, yip] Lady Tang sang: [hip, hip, hip]“Heaven is to be rent asunder, Earth to fall away, I, handmaid of an emperor, would grieve if I followed him not. We have come to the parting of ways, the quick andRead More →

“Spring and the GREen of the tender grass, Flushes with joy as the swallows pass; tender grass, Flushes with joy as the swallows pass; The wayfarers pause by the rippling stream , And their eyes will new born gladness gleam; With lingering gaze the roofs I see Of the Palace that one time sheltered me. But those whom I sheltered in all righteousness, Let’s not stay in silence when the days pass useless?”[yip, yip, yip] the messenger, sent by Dong Zhuo from time to time to the palace for news of the prisoners, got hold of this poem and showed it to his master. “SoRead More →

One minister put his discontent into words, crying, “the false Dong Zhuo is the author of this insult, which I will risk my life to wipe away!” And with this he rushed at Dong Zhuo threatening with his ivory baton of office. It was Chair of the Secretariat Ding Guan. Dong Zhuo had Ding Guan removed and summarily put to death. Before his death, Ding Guan ceased not to rail at the oppressor, nor was he frightened at death. [hip, hip, hip] the rebel Dong Zhuo conceived the foul design To thrust the King aside and wrong his line. With folded arms the courtiers stood,Read More →

Wu Qiong said, “Yuan Shao is fond of scheming, but he fails in decision and so is not to be feared. But it would be well to give him rank and thus win popular favor.” Dong Zhuo followed this advice, and within that day sent a messenger to offer Yuan Shao the governorship of Bohai. On the first day of the ninth month, the Emperor was invited to proceed to the Hall of Virtue where was a GREat assembly of officials. there Dong Zhuo, sword in hand, faced the gathering and said, “The Emperor is a weakling unequal to the burden of ruling this land.Read More →

Fear seized them in its grip and they were silent, all but Yuan Shao who said, “The Emperor was innocent of any fault, and to set him aside in favor of a commoner was rebellion and nothing else!” “the empire is in my hands!” cried Dong Zhuo. “When I choose to do this thing, who will dare to say nay? Think you my sword lacks an edge?”   “If your sword is sharp, mine is never blunt!” said Yuan Shao as his sword FLASHed out of the sheath.   the two men stood face to face amid the feasters. Dong Zhuo was on the point of slayingRead More →

As a reply Lu Bu made one cut, and Ding Yuan’s head fell to the earth. then Lu Bu called the attendants and said, “He was an unjust man, and I have slain him. Let those who back me stay. The others may depart.” Most ran away. Next day, with the head of the murdered man as his gift, Lu Bu betook himself to Li Su, who led him to Dong Zhuo. Dong Zhuo received him with a warm welcome and had wine set before him. “Your coming is welcome as the gentle dew to the parched grass,” said Dong Zhuo.   Lu Bu made DongRead More →

“If I could only find a master to serve,” said Lu Bu. “the clever bird chooses the branch whereon to perch; the wise servant selects the master to serve. Seize the chance when it comes, for repentance ever comes too late.” “Now you are in the government. Who think you is really the bravest of all?”, asked Lu Bu. “I despise the whole lot except Dong Zhuo. He is one who respects wisdom and reveres scholarship; he is discriminating in his rewards and punishments. Surely he is destined to be a really GREat man.”   Lu Bu said, “I wish that I could serve him, butRead More →

“How long it is since we last saw each other!” replied Lu Bu, bowing in return. “And where are you now?” “I am a general in the Imperial Tiger Army. When I learned you were a strong supporter of the Throne, I could not say how I rejoiced. I have come now to present to you a really fine horse, a five-hundred-mile-a-day horse, one that crosses rivers and goes up mountains as if they were the level plain. Its name is Red Hare. It will be a fitting aid to your valor.” Lu Bu bade his guards lead out the horse. It was of aRead More →