In Dongting there's a young scholar by the name of Ge Wenlin who has made quite a name for himself at the local college. His father's first wife, a Madam Zhou, died unexpectedly and his father remarried a Jingzhou woman, Miss Li. This was Ge Wenlin's mother.
Three days after his mother was married, she was looking through the deceased wife's wardrobe and found a red jacket embroidered with nine delicate lilies. Ge's mother fell in love with the jacket and tried it on for size.
Later that day when she went down for dinner she suddenly became delirious and began slapping herself about the face.
Then she said, "I am the first wife, Madam Zhou. I had some clothing, given to me as wedding presents, put away in a chest. I treasured these clothes too much to wear them, and now you, you who have only just married into the household, are trying to steal them from me! I won't stand for it! I'll drive you to your death. Just wait and see!"
The whole family was shocked at this outburst and immediately got onto their knees to plead for Mistress Li's life.
"Madam Zhou, what possible use do you have for such luxurious clothes now that you are dead?"
"I want to wear them now, so burn them immediately!" she replied. "It may seem sentimental and petty, but I want all the things I brought with me as part of my dowry to be burned for my use in the underworld. If you do this then I'll not harm her. I don't want that Li woman to have even one item."
The Ge family then did exactly as the ghost of the first wife had instructed and burned every single item of her dowry. The ghost then clapped her hands and said, "I'll be off now."
In an instant Li's madness disappeared.
This was a great relief to everyone in the household, but the haunting was not over yet. The next morning, while Li was putting on her