The volunteer team－led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En
” said the Empress.
“If we did, then should we be cut to mincemeat！
Rather summon the General into your presence
and command him to cease. If he will not,
then we pray but die in your presence.”
Empress He issued the requisite command.
He Jin was just going to her when Secretary Chen Lin
advised him not to enter, saying,
“the eunuchs are certainly behind the order
and mean your harm.”
But He Jin could only see the command
of the Empress and was oblivious to all else.
Said he, “Clearly, this is an edict from the Empress. What harm？”
“Our plot is no longer a secret,” said Yuan Shao.
“Still you may go if you are ready to fight your way in.”
“Get the eunuchs out first！” said Cao Cao.
“Silly children！” said He Jin.
“What can they do against the man who
holds the forces of the empire in his palm？”
Yuan Shao said, “If you will go, then we
will come as a guard, just as a precaution.”
Whereupon both Yuan Shao and Cao Cao
chose five hundred best men under their command,
at whose head they placed Yuan Shu, a brother of Yuan Shao.
Yuan Shu, clad in mail, drew up his troops outside the
Forbidden City’s entrance, while Yuan Shao and Cao Cao,
holding swords, went as escort.
When He Jin neared the Palace of Happiness,
He Jin began to feel alarmed.
then Zhang Rang in a harsh voice began to revile him：
“What crime had Empress Dong committed that she should have
been put to death？ And when the Mother of the Country was buried,
who feigned sickness and did not attend？ We raised you and your paltry,
As a child, Liu Bei played with the other village children beneath this tree, and he would climb up into it, saying, “I am the Son of Heaven,
and this is my chariot！” His uncle, Liu Yuanqi, recognized that Liu Bei was no ordinary boy and saw to it that the family did not come to actual want.
When Liu Bei was fifteen, his mother sent him traveling for his education. For a time he served Zheng Xuan and Lu Zhi as masters. And he became GREat friends with Gongsun Zan.
Liu Bei was twenty-eight when the outbreak of the Yellow Scarves called for soldiers. The sight of the notice saddened him, and he sighed as he read it.
Suddenly a rasping voice behind him cried, “Sir, why sigh if you do nothing to help your country？”
Turning quickly he saw standing there a man about his own height, with a bullet head like a leopard’s, large eyes, a swallow pointed chin,
and whiskers like a tiger’s. He spoke in a loud bass voice and looked as irresistible as a dashing horse. At once Liu Bei saw he was no ordinary man and asked who he was.
“Zhang Fei is my name,” replied the stranger. “I live near here where I have a farm； and I am a wine seller and a butcher as
well； and I like to become acquainted with worthy people. Your sighs as you read the notice drew me toward you.”
Liu Bei replied, “I am of the Imperial Family, Liu Bei is my name. And I wish I could destroy these Yellow Scarves and restore peace to the land, but alas！ I am helpless.”
“I have the means,” said Zhang Fei. “Suppose you and I raised some troops and tried what we could do.”
and deep red lips. He had eyes like a phoenix’s and fine bushy eyebrows like silkworms. His whole appearance was dignified and awe-inspiring. Presently, Liu Bei crossed over, sat down beside him and asked his name.