The Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong

The Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong

Author:Luo Guanzhong [Guanzhong, Luo]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9780141197449
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Published: 2018-07-25T16:00:00+00:00

Lu Su reports back to Zhou Yu, telling him of the apparent success of his mission. Zhou Yu, confident that this time, at last, he has fooled Kong Ming, sets out in his fleet with some fifty thousand men for Jingzhou.

They soon reach Xiakou, where Mi Zhu is waiting for him to tell him that Xuande has indeed made preparations for their arrival. ‘So where exactly is Lord Xuande?’ asks Zhou Yu. ‘Waiting outside the city gates of Gong’an to greet you,’ says Mi Zhu.

So on the fleet presses but when they reach Gong’an there is no sign of anyone waiting to greet them. They press on further, and news comes when they are almost in sight of Jingzhou that the city has two white flags flying, but no one seems to be there at all!

Troubled by all this, Zhou Yu disembarks and rides to the city gate with three thousand of his crack troops led by Gan Ning, Xu Sheng and Ding Feng. When a call is made announcing that Zhou Yu has come, suddenly the walls are alive with heavily armed men, and Zhao Zilong stands forward and asks, ‘What are you doing here, general?’

‘We have come to take the western Riverlands for you,’ shouts Zhou Yu. ‘I’d have thought you knew this.’

‘Well, actually,’ shouts back Zilong, ‘what we know is that you’re using the old trick of marching past in order to attack, and that is why I’m here to prevent that. For, as you know, my lord is related to Liu Zhang, as both are members of the imperial family. How could he sanction such an attack? The disgrace would mean he’d have to give up all his dignity and authority and live in seclusion in the countryside, such would be the shame this would bring upon his head.’

Realizing that his plot has been foiled, Zhou Yu starts to turn back. But then news comes that a vast horde of soldiers is advancing on all sides, led by Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, by Huang Zhong and Wei Yan. ‘They are beyond counting,’ says the messenger, ‘and all chant that they want to seize you!’

The shock is so great that Zhou Yu falls with a terrible cry from his horse, and again his wound bursts open.

What now will be Zhou Yu’s destiny?

All will be revealed.



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