In Hangzhou there is a place called Da Fangbo where the Hu family lived, the two sisters-in-law sharing the same floor.
One day during the grave-sweeping festival of Qing Ming, one of the sisters-in-law noticed a small bridgelike structure on the roof. It was made from willow twigs so she assumed that the children had put it there. She used a long bamboo pole to scrape it off the roof and into the rubbish bin.
That night she dreamed that a young man dressed in the manner of a Daoist appeared before her.
"I am the Prince of Guazhou and it is my fate that I live with you and your sister-in-law," he said.
"I made a lover's bridge and placed it on your roof so that we could meet during Qing Ming. Why did you throw it away?"
From this day on, the so-called prince stayed in the women's room, taking advantage of them as he pleased.
The scandalized Hu family then called a Daoist priest to scare away the intruding demon by chanting the Jade Emperor Sutra. However, when the priest arrived the monster threw a chamber pot at him, soaking him and his sacred books in urine. The priest ran off, humiliated.
Mr. Hu then decided to hire five old women to chaperone the two younger women. Mysteriously, the old women's hair became plaited together so that they were unable to move backwards or forwards without pulling the others' hair.
This continued for over a month, until it was time for one of the women to be married to her betrothed. Mr. Hu chose an appropriate day and married her off.
The monster then confronted Mr. Hu in person, saying, "I am not fated to be with the man you have married her to, so I can't go. I could stay on here and enjoy myself with the remaining sister-in-law, but it is