Pu Songling's tales of the Strange are in essence tales of boundaries between two worlds and what can happen there. The borderland between normal and strange, reality and illusion, dream and awakening, life and death, are herein charted, and the lands to either side found not to be distinct, but rather to bleed together at their edges. In one tale, a man fell in love with two pretty sisters, but who were dead a long time ago. In another, a fox-spirit married to an idiot in order to pay a debt of gratitude for her mother. Another story told the journey deep into Hell. A scholar fell in love with a rich and pretty girl and killed her wife. Her wife became a spirit to revenge for his merciless...
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