In the Department of Justice within the Zhaozhou provincial government there worked a scribe by the name of Wu. Now Wu was the third son in his family and was originally from Shaoxing.
After a while another scribe was employed and coincidentally he was the third son born to another Wu family. However, he was originally from Suzhou.
To avoid confusion, the people in the office called them Old Master Wu and Young Master Wu. The two Master Wus were quite good friends. Both men lived in the government dormitory and had rooms directly across the hall from each other.
The governor at that time had seven or eight concubines and numerous maids, all of whom were exceptionally beautiful, and the Wus had often seen them strolling near the dormitory. So captivating were these women that the men would often joke about the possibility of secret trysts, which woman each would prefer, and the like. It was, however, all empty talk.
One night they worked late, getting back to their rooms only around the third watch. Young Wu sat down on the edge of his bed and smoked a cigarette. He then lit the candles on the table outside the bed curtains and asked his manservant to leave so he could go to sleep.
The entire magistry was quiet until someone pushed open the door to Wu's room and walked in. Young Master Wu asked who it was but received no reply.
He peered through the darkness and saw an exceptionally beautiful young woman of about twenty walking quickly towards him. She stopped at the edge of the bed and stared down at him.
Young Master Wu was terrified and asked, "Who are you? What are you doing here?"
The woman replied, "I am Miss Wang Er and I have come to find