An Ancient Story of the Consequences of Adultery
An Ancient Story of the Consequences of Adultery
During the Qing Dynasty, there were twin boys who lived in Yuzhang County. They not only looked the same, they acted the same as well. Even their parents could not tell them apart. The parents named them after they started to speak to differentiate them.
When they reached the age of school, they continued to demonstrate equivalence in terms of understanding the teachings, writing, and even the amount of ink used. At the age of 20, they became students of a court academic at the same time.
After they grew up, they both got married. The parents worried that their wives would have a hard time telling them apart, so they taught their daughters-in-law to identify them based on their different clothes. A year later, each wife gave birth to a son on the same day. The neighbors exclaimed, “Same fortunes and same appearances. Everything about them must be the same!”
When the twins turned 31, they both passed the county-level imperial examination and proceeded to take the provincial examination. During the exam period, an attractive young widow lived next to the place where the brothers stayed. After some time, she began to secretly seduce the older brother. However, the older brother refused with stern words. He worried that this woman would try to seduce his younger brother, so he told his younger brother what she did and advised him, “You and I look exactly the same. If she tried to seduce me, she will most likely try to seduce you as well. You should not fall for her and lose your virtue!” The younger brother nodded and agreed.
The widow did not know that the brothers were twins and that they looked exactly the same. She thought the younger brother was the older one, so she tried to seduce him again. The younger brother fell for her and committed adultery. After a while, their feelings for each other grew. The younger brother promised the widow, “If I am successful in the imperial examination, I will marry you.” When the results were released, the older brother was successful in the examination while the younger brother failed. The younger brother deceived her again, saying, “This year, although I was successful, I still need to take the spring examination next year. After getting a better grade, I will marry you and you will have a richer and happier life.” Then he told her that he had run out of money to prepare for the examination. The widow really trusted him and gave him all she had saved to help him.
The following spring, the older brother was able to obtain A grade. The woman thought it was the younger brother who did well, and she was looking forward to becoming his wife. However, she never heard from the younger brother again, and depression led to sickness. She wrote a letter to tell him about her painful feelings. She soon died from depression.
The widow's letter finally ended up in the older brother's hands. He was very surprised after he realized what had happened. He questioned the younger brother about his behavior and was very disappointed. The younger brother had nothing to say in front of the facts. The following year, the younger brother's son died suddenly. The younger brother was so saddened that he could not stop crying. He lost his eyesight because of it and died soon after. The older brother continued to be fortunate and prosperous in life, with many children and grandchildren.
From Historical Records of Virtuous Education by Shi Yujie
拒色诱福禄圆满 通孀妇己死子殇
到三十一岁时,二人同时县试及第,赴省城参加省试。在省城考试期间,他们的寓所和一个漂亮孀居的少妇住所相邻。日来月往,孀居的少妇开始偷偷的挑逗、诱惑其兄长,被其兄长正色严词拒绝。其兄长害怕这个孀居而漂亮的少妇去挑逗、勾引他的弟弟,就把少妇挑逗勾引自己的事告诉了自己的弟弟。并且特别告诫自己的弟弟说:“你与我面貌完全相同,她既然挑逗、勾引于我,必然也要挑逗、勾引于你。你可千万别被她迷惑,做损德的事啊!” 其弟弟表面点头称是。
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