posted 21 Jan 2016, 10:12 by Jim Sheng
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THE THIRD PART.
TOU NGAN COU, and
CAN little escape
me? I have fixed up an
Order, that if he is
not found in three Days, all
the Male Infants
under six Months old shall be put to
Death ; let somebody
go to the Gate of the Palace
and look about, and
if any one brings an Accusation
give me immediate
notice of it.
| || SCENE
YNG, TOU NGAN COU, and a Solder.
I carry'd my own Child to Kong Sun,
today I come to accuse him to Tou ngan cou. --
somebody give notice that I have News of the
moment, I beseech you, and I'll step in
an account of your coming. —Sir, [To
cou.] here is a Man that says little Tchao is
be brought in.
COU, TCHING YNG, and soldres
I am a
poor Physician called srching.
dost thou say thou has seen the Orphan Tchao?
Village Tai Ting, and it is old Kong sun that conceals him.
you know it?
| || TCHING
is of my Acquaintance; I was at his
and saw by chance, in the Room where he lies
in a rich Mantle ; I said then within
is above Seventy, and has neither Son nor
whence then comes this Infant? I discovered
Thought; This Child, said I to him,
be the Orphan so much wanted ; I took notice
old Man changed Colour, and could not
Reply, from whence I concluded that the
which gives you so much trouble is at old Kong sun's
Rascal, do you think I shall credit this Story ?
hitherto no difference with the good
sun, how then can you accuse him of so
Crime? Was it out of Affection for me? if
the truth fear nothing, but if you are found
a Falsehood you are a dead
your Anger, Sir, but for a Minute, and onIy
Answer: It is true have no Enmity to
sun, but when I was told that you had ordered
Infants in the Kingdom to be brought to you
they might be put to Death, I then had a design
hand to save the Life of so many Innocents ;
the other hand, being forty-five Years of Age,
having a Son about a Month old, I should have
obliged to bring him to you and have lost my
Heir ; but the Orphan of Tchao being once discovered
Children throughout the Kingdom
saved, and I shall be in no pain about my
these are the reasons why determined to accuse
perceive you are in the right, old Kang was an intimate
of Tchao tun, It is no wonder then he
so desirous of saving the I'll
take a Detachment
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Guards this Minute, and go with
yng to the Village Tai Ping, which I will invest
seize old Kong sun.
consulted yesterday with Tching yng about raving
Tchao; Tching yng is gone to day to inform
against me to the cruel Tou nga cou; I shall soon see the
make me a Visit. [He sings. ] l What a Dust is
raised! what Company of Soldiers do I see coming!
the Murderer without doubt, I must resolve
COU, TCHING YNG, KONG SUN, and soldiers.
at length arrived at the Village of Tai ping
be surrounded on all sides; Tching yng,
Kong sun's House?
there is it.
bring the Old Rascal hither. -- Kong sun,
know your Crime ?
I! I am
guilty of no Crime that I know of.
Wretch, that thou art a Friend of Tchao
but thou be so bold as to conceal the
of the Family ?
had the Heart of a Tiger I should not have
to do it.
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does not feel the Battoon he'll own nothing,
somebody take one and lay it on handsomely.
SUN. sings while he is beaten, and then says,
is witness of the Crime that I am accused of?
yng was the first that accused
Tching yng has a very wicked Tongue : [Then he says to Tou ngan cou.] Are not you contented to
to death more than three hundred Persons?
you yet destroy a poor Infant who is left alone?
continues to sing.
villainous old Fellow, where is the Orphan
concealed ? Tel l me quickly, that you may
have I conceal'd the Orphan ? — Who has seen me hide
you are not willing to make a Confession;
be chastised again. [They beat him.] Sure this
has no feeling! Nothing moves him, he
nothing: Tching yng thou didst accuse him,
Battoon and give him a hundred blows.
am a poor physician, and never learnt to
don't know how to handle a Battoopn! --
are afraid he should discover you an Accomplice.
shall see me beat him. [Takes a Battoon.
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yng, you have taken such a small Battoon
you were afraid of hurting him; surely you
afraid he should make a Discovery.
take one that is larger.
at first you took a Twig, now
you are for
Beam which will do his business at two
and then he'll die without making a Confession.
order me to take a Battoon, and I take a small
then I take another and you say it is too big
must I do to please you?
of a moderate size, and let this Rascal
it sufficiently. --You old Wretch, do you
'tis Tching yng that beats you ?
all. [He beats him three times.
terribly maul'd, and this last Beating was
all ; who gave it me?
Tching yng beat me in this manner ?
mind this old Fellow, he does not know what he says.
beaten me so barbarously? O Tching yng,
have I done to you? Am I then your Enemy
treat me in this manner ?
haste and confers all.
| || KONG
then quickly if you are not willing to die by beating.
'twas thus then, 'twas thus. We consulted both together
in what manner to save the Orphan.
as much as to say he has an Accomplice.
old Man, you say you are two ; one is
who is the other? If you speak the truth I'll
willing I should tell you, and I'll satisfy
his Name is -- at the end of my Tongue, but I have sent
it back again.
yng, does not this affect you at all ?
YNG [To Kong Sun.]
you old Man, will you slander an innocent Person ?
yng, what hast thou to fear ?
mention'd two, why don't you confess who the other is ?
ordered me to be beaten, so that I did not know what I
will not go on you shall be killed in good earnest.
Lord, I bring you good News; searching in Cellar in his
House I have sund the Orphan.
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little Wretch be brought hither that I may
and have the pleasure of cutting it in pieces :
Villain, you said you did not hide the
who then is this that I hold ?
sing, reproaching the Tyrant With all his crimes, and says,
barbarous Heart will not be contented without shedding the Blood of an Orphan
not many Days old.
of this Infant excites my Anger. [Kong sun sings, the Tyrant takes the Dagger,
and Tching yng seems greatly concerned.] I take this cursed Branch, and I
plunge the Dagger in his Heart three times. —
Now I am
at the height Of my Wishes.
sun sings, expressing his Regret; Tching yng hides his tears.
ngan cou, thou art the most wicked of Mankind; take
care of thyself, impious Wretch, for know there is over thy Head a Heaven that
beholds all thy Crimes, and will not let them go unpunilhed:
for myself I have no Regard for Life, I'll therefore
throw myself down this Staircase of Stone, it is the kind of Death that I
sun has just killed himself.
is dead let his Name be mentioned no
[He continues to laugh, and speaks toTching yng.]
have done me excellent Service in this Affair, without
you I could not destroyed my Enemy.
I have told you that had no particular Enmity to and
what I have done has been to save the Lives of the little Innocents in the
and among the rest that of my own Child.
| || TOU NGAN
are a Man that may be trusted,
you mall therefore
my own Palace and be honourably treated ;
there likewise educate your Son ; when
he is of
a proper Age you shall bring him up to
and I will take care to teach him the Art
I am now fifty Years old, and have no
I adopt your Son, and intend to resign my Office
when he shall be of Age to take it upon
What do you say to it?
you, Sir, a thousand Thanks; but I am
worthy of so great an honour.
Favour that Tchao tun enjoyed made me very
but now the whole Family is extinct, and I
nothing farther to apprehend,
twenty Years ago I killed the Orphan
with my own Hand, and I adopted the
Tching yng, his present Name is Tou tching ;
gone through all his Exercises, I have taught
eighteen various ways of Fighting, and he understands
Business so well that no one can outdo him
myself; he is now grown up, and in a short
intend to make away with the King, and
the Throne myself, then my Son have
Office I am in at present, and all my Wishes
accomplish'd ; at present he is performing
in the Camp, when he returns consult