12.17.2016

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 18, Part 2

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 18, Part 2.
from Wang Dulu's He Jing Kunlun.

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The wife conversed with Aluan a little as she continued mending the shoe sole, but she seemed to have something else on her mind. Her feet hurt so her foot cloth was loosened and she was wearing a pair of worn shoes, but she still often hopped off the kang to go outside. She kept leaving to stand just outside the yaodong and look one way and then the other, as if she was urgently waiting for someone to arrive. She also raised her head and hollered loudly, as if she was calling out to the mountain god’s temple, saying, “Little Fiver! Scabhead! Are you there?”

12.16.2016

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 18, Part 1

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 18, Part 1.
from Wang Dulu's He Jing Kunlun.

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CHAPTER EIGHTEEN


Aluan shed many a tear and thought, There is no way for me to live here, nor am I able to die, so I must go somewhere else. If I am not cautious and tumble down the mountain to my death, I would have no regrets. Otherwise, there must be a temple hidden up in these Qin Mountains. If I were to find a nunnery, I could cut my hair off and dedicate myself to religious practice. I would never meet another person for eternity!

12.12.2016

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 10

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 10.
from Wang Dulu's He Jing Kunlun.

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All this time, what was in the bundle at his back were a couple changes of clothes and a few silver taels, nothing heavy or cumbersome. But when Jiang Xiaohe noticed that Aluan was wearing blue shoes, he couldn’t help but be reminded of the red shoe amongst his things. Then he thought back to that night in the Qin Mountains when Aluan tumbled down the mountain stream and disappeared. At the time, he’d thought she had been carried away in the mouth of a ferocious tiger. Who knew that she had been rescued by the Iron Staff Monk! Then he thought, Neither the Iron Staff Monk nor Daocheng seemed to know their place as ascetics, but they both had a hand in saving Aluan’s life. I have estranged Aluan from her grandfather and husband and caused her to make an attempt on her own life. Though she didn’t die, she did suffer from this grave injury. What good have I done her after all? Feeling deep shame and remorse, he sighed, “Then you stay here and rest and recover. I’ll go out to find a place to stay!”

10.12.2016

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 9

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 9.
from Wang Dulu's He Jing Kunlun.

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Lying on the ground, the old abbess said, “Jiang Xiaohe! Unless you intend to have me lying here forever, as soon as I’m able to get up, I cannot permit you to live. I must avenge my disciple-brother!” Jiang Xiaohe did not say anything to this. He ran to the second courtyard and into Aluan’s room. He saw that Aluan’s chest was still muddled with the color of blood while she was laying down with her eyes open, as if she had died. Jiang Xiaohe gasped and knit his brow tightly, as he ran to Aluan. She was breathing and moaning gently. Jiang Xiaohe opened the bundle of medicine and took out the camphor powder. He opened her shirt a little and sprinkled a large amount of the powder onto the wound in Aluan’s chest. He then paid close attention to Aluan’s condition after he applied the medicine, as he wrapped it back into the bundle.

7.15.2016

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 8

The Crane Startles Kunlun, Chapter 17, Part 8.
from Wang Dulu's He Jing Kunlun.

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Jiang Xiaohe did not have it in him to respond to Bao Zhenfei. He simply wept and looked at the mournful and tender Aluan, whom he was supporting in his arms. Aluan was now only moaning, unable to put words together. Tears hung from her two eyes, barely open as they gazed at Jiang Xiaohe. Jiang Xiaohe carried the half-dead Aluan in through the temple gates.