One of Official Jie's cousins was an exceptionally strong and fearless sort. He particularly loathed people spreading frightening tales about ghosts, and always chose to live in places reputed to be haunted.
One day, while traveling through Shandong Province, he stopped at an inn that was rumored to have some sort of demon living in its western wing. Jie, extremely pleased to be presented with such a challenge, immediately arranged to rent the rooms for the night.
At the second watch a tile was knocked from the roof.
In reply Jie cursed loudly. "If you're really a decent ghost then you'd throw something down that can't be found on a roof. Perhaps then I'd be afraid of you."
Surely enough a grinding stone was tossed down. Jie shouted back, "If you're really a fierce ghost I dare you to come and destroy my table. Then maybe I'd be scared of you."
Surely enough a huge stone came hurtling through the air and smashed half of his table.
Jie was furious and screamed, "You damned mongrel of a ghost! I'll bow to you only when you've smashed my head in!"
He promptly stood up, threw his hat to the floor, lifted his head, and waited for the assault.
After this stand-off no more strange sounds could be heard and thenceforth all supernatural happenings in this wing of the building ceased.