Jin.2.1

Jin.2.1 - Jn 2:01 L J Slanders and Kills Crown Prince Shn...

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Jìn 2:01 Lí J Slanders and Kills Crown Prince Sh n Sh ng ī ē ē Summary: Five years after Sh n Sh ng ē ē ’s campaign against the Dí of D ng Sh n, Lí J continues to ō ā ī slander him to Lord Xiàn, saying that Sh n Sh ng ē ē is plotting to kill him. She gains Lord Xiàn’s permission to find a pretext to kill Sh n Sh ng ē ē . She then enlists Actor Sh ’s aid in insuring that L ī ǐ Kè will do nothing to hinder her plans. Actor Sh does a dance and sings a song hinting that L Kè ī ǐ had better transfer his allegiance from Sh n Sh ng ē ē to Lí J ’s son X Qí. L Kè does not support the ī ī ǐ scheme, but agrees to be neutral. P Zhèng, another official, urges him to reconsider and oppose Lí ī J , but L Kè stands firm. He pleads illness and withdraws from court the next day. ī ǐ One month later, Lí J continues to slander him to Lord Xiàn, saying that ī Sh n Sh ng ē ē is plotting to kill him. She gains conveys an order from Lord Xiàn to Sh n Sh ng ē ē to go to Q Wò ū and conduct a sacrifice to his mother Qí Ji ng, then bring some of the sacrificial wine and meat ā for Lord Xiàn. When Sh n Sh ng ē ē returns with the offerings, Lí J puts poison in them. The earth ī foams when Lord Xiàn pours some of the wine on the ground, and a dog and a court functionary die from eating the meat. Sh n Sh ng ē ē flees to Q Wò. Lord Xiàn orders that Dù Yuán Ku n, ū ǎ Sh n ē Sh ng ē ’s tutor, be killed. Before death, Dù has a message conveyed to Sh n Sh ng urging him to ē ē face his own death with resolution, so as to gain a fair name. Sh n Sh ng accepts the advice. ē ē People try to persuade Sh n Sh ng to take refuge in another state, but he is convinced that the ē ē only virtuous choice is to remain and accept his fate. Lí J comes and reviles Sh n Sh ng, who strangles himself in the temple at Q Wò. Just ī ē ē ū before doing so, he urges Hú Y n to leave the state and seek ways to save Jìn from calamity. ǎ After Sh n Sh ng’s death, Lí J slanders Chóng’ r and Yíwú as well, saying that they were also ē ē ī ě involved in Sh n Sh ng’s schemes. Lord Xiàn sends men to kill them, but Chóng’ r takes refuge ē ē ě with the Dí, and Yíwú takes refuge in Liáng. Five years after Sh n Sh ng’s return from Jì S ng ē ē ā ē , Lí J said to Lord Xiàn, “I hear that ī Sh n Sh ng’s schemes are deeper than ever. I told you long ago that he had won the people’s ē ē support. If they didn’t expect to gain something, how could he have used them to defeat the Dí? Now he is full of pride at his success, so his ambitions are vaster than ever. Hú Tú thinks he harbors disobedient intentions, so he doesn’t come forth from his seclusion. I have heard that Sh n Sh ng is fond of showing that he fulfills promises and that he is hard and ruthless. Not only ē ē that, his people are losing faith in him. Even if he wished to abandon his scheme, the people would criticize him for it. Words once spoken cannot be taken back, and the people cannot be
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2010 for the course CHIN 252 taught by Professor Henry during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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