About the AuthorBom in Longkou of Shandong on June1, 1937, Qu Chunli graduated from theDepartment of Chinese Literature ofShandong University in 1965. He onceserved as chairman of the Jining CityPeople's Association for Friendshipwith Foreign Countries. He is nowconcurrently director of the ShandongIntemational Cultural Exchange Centerand guest professor of ShandongUniversity and Qingdao University.Since 1986 he has published FolkCustoms in the Homeland of Confuciusand Mencius, Tales of Poetic Coupletsand Inscribed Boards in the ConfuciusResidence, The Life of Confucius, TheLife of Mencius and The Life of KongShangren. He is working on anotherhistorical novel.
Chapter OneShuliang He Distmguishes Himself in the Battlefield;Yan Zhengzai Gives Birth to a Long-expected SonChapter TwoThe Stepmother Brmgs Up Her Son;The Grandfather Teaches His GrandsonChapter ThreeConfucius Is Turned Away by a Powerful Man;He Displays His Talents to the Lord in a Discourse on StateAffairsChapter FourConfucius Becomes Keeper of Granaries and Visits the Peas-ants;Reappointed to Keeper of Livestock, He Punishes a CrookedSubordinateChapter FiveConfucius Has His Mother Buried by His Father's Side;He Travels a Long Distance to Study Music After a FamousMasterChapter SixConfucius Starts to Take on Disciples;Duke Jing of Qi Seeks to Enlist Real Talents into His ServiceChapter SevenConfucius Visits Lao Zi m the Royal Capital;He Studies Music from Chang Hong While Staying withLao ZiChapter EightHelped by Virtuous Ministers, Duke Zhao of Lu Escapes fromthe Jaws of Death;Receiving Timely Reinforcements Jisun Yiru Turns Defeatinto VictoryChapter NineGao Zhaozi Treats a Man of Inferior Rank with Respect;Yan Ymg Is Jeaslous of Confucius for His TalentChapter TenListening to Shao Music, Confucius Forgets the Taste of Meat;Nangong Shi Comprehends His Master's Message by Recitmga PeomChapter ElevenConfucius and His Disciples Climb Mount Tai to BroadenTheir Vision;Tracing the Source of the Sishui River They Compare the Pastwith the PresentChapter TwelveJisun Yiru Exhorts His Son for the Sake of the Family;Confucius Explains the Meanmg of the Slanting Vessel to HisDisciples in the TempleChapter ThirteenTwo Cousins Set a Trap by Giving a Banquet at Pu Garden;The Lu Sovereign Sends an Expedition Against the City ofHuanChapter FourteenYang Hu Has a Narrow Escape from Lu to Qi;Duke Jing of Qi Fails to Satisfy the Demand of Duke Dingof LuChapter FifteenConfucius Governs Zhongdu Well by Punishmg Profiteers andElLminating Outdated Customs;The People Build Water Conservancy Projects and Subse-quently Enjoy a Bumper HarvestChapter SixteenConfudus Becomes Mmister of Justice and Resolves a DisputeBetween Father and Son;He Recommends Two Disciples to Be Stewards at the ChiefMinister's HouseChapter SeventeenLi Chu Seeks a Chance to Humiliate the Lord of Lu;Confucius Trains the Army in Case of EmergencyChapter EighteenLu Gains a Diplomatic Victory at the Jiagu Meeting;The Entire State of Qi Mourns Yan Ying's DeathChapter NineteenOn Shimen Mountain the Disciples Express Their Aspirations;Among Apricot Trees the Master Sings to the Accompanimentof the ZitherChapter TwentyThe Lu Army Gains a Victory by Lurmg the Enemy Awayfrom His Base;Fighting Against Overwhelmmg Odds the Rebel Troops Suffera Crushmg DefeatChapter Twenty-oneConfucius Advises the Duke of Lu to Restore the Rites ofZhou;Qi Uses Beautiful Maidens to Disrupt the Lu CourtChapter Twenty-twoWallowmg in Pleasure, Duke Ding of Lu Neglects StateAffairs;Disappointed with the Fatuous Sovereign Confucius LeavesHis HomelandChapter Twenty-threeConfucius and His Disciples Arrive in the State of Wei;The Duke of Wei and His Consort Have an Argument m theGardenChapter Twenty-fourThe Wanton Consort Has an Affair with a Courtier;A Brave General of Wei Subdues a RebellionChapter Twenty-fiveConfucius Is Kept Under Surveillance in Wei;He and His Disciples Are Surrounded at KuangChapter Twenty-sixConfucius and His Disciples Return to Wei;Lady Nan Zi Meets with. ConfuciusChapter Twenty-sevenConfucius Accompanies the Duke of Wei on an Excursion;The Duke's Son Attempts to Assassinate His MotherChapter Twenty-eightMaster and Disciples Discuss State Affairs by the Yellow River;Courders of Jin Compete for Control of Its ArmyChapter Twenty-nineFather and Son Fight for the Dukedom of Wei;Confucius and His Disciples Encounter Some BanditsChapter ThirtyZi Gong Calls on a Village Woman to Learn a Secret Method;Confudus Tells Duke Min of Chen the Origin of a StrangeArrowChapter Thirty-oneConfucius Describes the Attributes of a Benevolent Man;On his Deathbed Jisun Si Thinks of ConfuciusChapter Thirty-twoDuke Min of Chen Hunts Auspicious Animals Despite Confu-cius' Objection;A Wu General Is Persuaded by Confucius to Withdraw HisInvading TroopsChapter Thirty-threeConfucius and His Disciples Starve at the Chen-Cai Boundary;The Magistrate of She Is Impressed by Confucius' TeachingChapter Thirty-fourGao Chai Redresses a Wrong;Confucius Explains the Importance of Rectifying NamesChapter Thirty-fiveZi Gong Defeats Bo Pi in a Verbal Battle;Confucius Praises Zi Lu for Being a Good OfficialChapter Thirty-sixConfucius Misses His Sick Wife Back in Lu;You Ruo Leads the Lu Army to Defeat Invaders fromWuChapter Thirty-sevenZi Gong Successfully Reclaims the Lost Land for Lu;Lady Qiguan Longs in Vain for Her Husband's ReturnChapter Thirty-eightYou Ruo Defeats the Qi Army by Strategy;Zi Gong Uses His Eloquence to Convince the Prmce ofWuChapter Thirty-nineBao Mu's Army Is Routed by the Joint Forces of Lu andWu;Confucius Returns to His Homeland to Meet with Duke AiofLuChapter FortyConfucius and His Disciples Discuss Their Political Ideals;Min Shun Declmes to Take Office to Preserve His PurityChapter Forty-oneZi Gong Is Advised to Accept His Appomtment to Magistrateof Wenyang;Confucius Dreams of King Jing of ZhouChapter Forty-twoConfucius Talks About Filial Duties;Master and Disciples Plant Junipers m the CourtyardChapter Forty-threeYan Yan Is Highly Praised for High Performance in Office;Confucius Loses His Son and His Favorite DiscipleChapter Forty-fourGao Chai Tries Cases Justly;Kong Zhong Places Trivialities over EssentialsChapter Forty-fiveConfucius Finds His Favorite Disciple in Poor Health;Gao Chai Deals with a Difficult Case Involvmg the Duke'sConsortChapter Forty-sixMi Buqi Reports to Confucius His Achievements in Office;Yan Hui Dies of Illness in the Prime of LifeChapter Forty-sevenConfucius Despairs of Realizing His Ideal on Seeing an Auspi-cious Animal Shot Dead in Lu;Kuai Kui Celebrates the Success of His Southern Expeditionwith JubilationChapter Forty-eightZi Lu Dies a Cruel Death in the State of Wei;On His Deathbed Confucius Finds a Successor for HimselfChapter Forty-nineYan Hui Ranks First Among Confucian Disciples m Virtue;Zi Gong Stays by Confucius' Grave m Mourning for Six YearsChapter FiftyConfucius Receives Various Titles from Subsequent Kings andEmperors;The Confucian Descendants Enjoy Honor and Position inSuccessive DynastiesAFTERWORD
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