In Changzhou there lived a notorious criminal by the name of Wang San. When the city appointed a new prefect, a Mr. Dong Yi, his first mission was to arrest and charge Wang San.
Word of the new prefect's plan was leaked to Wang San, and he immediately went into hiding to avoid capture.
It turned out that the very day officers arrived at the Wang household to make the arrest, Wang's younger brother, Zhai, a scholar from Wujin County, was about to be married. Just as the bride crossed the threshold of her new house, Zhai was escorted out by the police, who took him in lieu of his elder brother. Zhai was summarily locked up in the local jail to await trial the next day.
That night, Wang San sneaked back home under cover of darkness. He figured that all the guests would be gone and, more important, that the police, having made an arrest, would no longer be guarding the house. He crept into the bridal chamber where the young bride lay alone and pretending to be his brother slept the night with his sister-inlaw.
When Zhai was brought before the court the next morning, it was clear to the prefect that this weakling of a scholar was no criminal. Moreover, hearing that Zhai had been arrested on his wedding day, the prefect granted him a month's pardon while the search for Wang San continued.
Zhai returned home intending to make amends with his distressed wife. It was then that she realized that the man she had slept with the previous night was not her husband. Confronted with this humiliation, she hanged herself.
When news of her death reached her family, a tremendous fuss ensued. Their demands for justice were tempered when they realized that it was through no fault of Zhai's that his wife had killed herself.
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