Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Volume 2

Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Volume 2

Luo Guanzhong, Robert E. Hegel, C. H. Brewitt-Taylor

Language: English

Pages: 659

ISBN: 2:00083185

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Romance of the Three Kingdoms is Lo Kuan-chung's retelling of the events attending the fall of the Han Dynasty in 220 A.D., one of the most tumultuous and fascinating periods in Chinese history. It is an epic saga of brotherhood and rivalry, of loyalty and treachery, of victory and death. As important for Chinese culture as the Homeric epics have been for the West, this fourteenth-century masterpiece continues to be loved and read throughout China as well as in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

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for us? We are not afraid to die. Why is our keenness left to be eaten away and our energies wasted in idleness?" All the others applauded this speech and cried that the speaker had expressed their own ideas. "General Han Tang just says what we think: let us fight a decisive battle," they cried. The new general waited till the uproar had subsided. Then drawing his sword, he shouted, "That I am a student is true. But I have been entrusted with a great task, a task for which the prince considers

know the country. You two are to go, one against each wing, and the two veteran warriors shall support you. Get your men ready and start tomorrow at dawn." Then the two Changs were sent against the centre army; they were to act with Wang and Ma. And once more K'ung-ming seemed to taunt the two veterans with ignorance. The two heroes now began to feel hurt. Noticing this, K'ung-ming said, "I have no wish to pass you over, you two, but I fear that if you get too deeply into the country and should

along, and they bowed before him and told him that King Wuko was fighting a great battle and was about to surround Chuko Liang in the Valley of the Coiled Serpent. But he needed help. They said they themselves had had no alternative when they had yielded to Shu, but now they had returned to their allegiance and were come to help him. So Menghuo placed himself at the head of his clansmen and those who had just come to him, and lost no time in marching out. He bade them lead him to the spot. But

secret plans of campaign have been entrusted to Chiang Wei. This authority issues from him." Wei replied, "Though the minister is dead, I am yet alive. Yang is only a civil officer and unequal to this post. He ought to conduct the coffin home while I lead the army against Ssuma I. I shall achieve success, and it is wrong to abandon a whole plan of campaign because of the death of one man, even if that be the Prime Minister." "His orders were to retire, and these orders are to be obeyed." "If

under the leadership of Ohoshaoko. When Kuo Huai heard of the threatened attack, he sent a hasty memorial to Loyang. Ssuma Shih at once asked who of his captains would go out to meet the army from the west. Hsu Chih volunteered, and as the Prime Minister had a high opinion of his capacity, he was appointed leader of the van. The brother of the Prime Minister, Ssuma Chao, went as Commander-in-chief. The Wei army set out for Shensi, reached Tungt'ing and there fell in with Chiang Wei. When both

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