Good Her Escape
In Jurong County there was a bounty hunter by the name of Yin Qian who was famous for his success in apprehending thieves. His technique involved lurking in the dark recesses of the village while waiting for his prey to pass. Then, when the thief least expected it, Yin Qian would leap out and make his arrest.
One day as he was walking towards the village, a person carrying a length of rope brushed past him in a hurry. Yin suspected criminal intent so he followed the figure to the outside of a house. His quarry then jumped a short wall and entered the courtyard.
Yin thought to himself, "I probably won't get any bounty payment if I hand this fellow over to the authorities, but if I wait a while I may be able get my reward by relieving him of his loot."
A short while later Yin's suspicions were aroused when he detected the muffled sounds of a woman crying. He promptly jumped the wall and from his vantage point in the courtyard observed a seated woman staring at her likeness in a bedroom mirror.
Also visible to Yin was a woman with matted hair who was balancing on the roof beam directly above the seated lady, trying to catch her with a noosed rope.
Yin realized instantly that he had stumbled upon the ghost of a woman who had hanged herself, and that the ghost was trying to find a replacement soul. With a great shout he threw open the gates and burst into the house. All the various members of the household, and even some of the neighbors, came running to see the cause of the commotion and listened in surprise as Yin explained.
When they checked on the woman in question, they did indeed find her hanging by the neck from a rope attached to the roof beam. They quickly untied the rope and set about reviving her. To display the depth of their gratitude, the woman's father-in-law and aunts