in the Wilderness
There once lived a brave old itinerant who spent his time wandering alone around Hunan and Guangdong. He did, however, regularly return to an old deserted temple. One bright moonlit night he decided to go for an evening stroll in the nearby forest.
In the distance he saw a figure dressed in the clothes of the Tang dynasty. Deducing he had chanced upon a ghost, our fearless itinerant followed the figure through the thick undergrowth and watched as it descended into an ancient grave.
The itinerant decided this must be one of the "rigor-mortis corpses," who forfeit all their power if they lose the lid of their coffin. Resolving to steal the lid, he resumed his place in the undergrowth the following night and waited for the corpse to leave.
Around the second watch, the corpse indeed left the grave. It appeared to be heading in the direction our brave itinerant had seen it coming from the previous night. Curiosity aroused, the man followed the ghost to a huge mansion.
The ghost stood beneath an open window inside which stood a woman dressed in red. She threw down a long, white scarf and the corpse quickly climbed up into her room. Thereafter the man could hear a lot of noise, but gradually all was quiet. He decided to return alone to the now vacant grave to hide the coffin lid. Having done so, he concealed himself in some thick bushes in the nearby pine forest.
Just before dawn the corpse came hurrying back to the grave. When he saw his coffin lid was missing he flew into a panic and ran about, searching high and low. He finally gave up and hurried back to the mansion, with the itinerant following. Once there the corpse leaped about screaming wildly, trying to attract the attention of the woman inside.
When she finally appeared, she waved at him as if to tell him to