Yu Yunshi

When Jintan(金壇) Yu Yunshi(于雲石) was working in the Hanlin Academy(翰林), he had to bring his father to the capital for support.

Mr. Yu traveled alone to the capital. One day, halfway there, it was getting late, and there was no one around. After searching for a while, he finally found an inn and went in to stay for the night. However, the innkeeper said the rooms were all full and couldn’t accommodate him, asking him to find another place. As there were no other inns nearby, Mr. Yu repeatedly pleaded with the innkeeper to make an exception. After much hesitation, the innkeeper finally said, ‘There is an empty house behind the inn, where my son used to study in his childhood. Unfortunately, he passed away, and I can’t bear to go back there, so it has remained locked and empty for years. If you don’t mind, you can stay there for the night. What do you think?’ With nowhere else to go, Mr. Yu had to agree and followed the innkeeper.

Inside the house, Mr. Yu saw dust covering the walls and cobwebs everywhere. On a table, there were several rolls of old books, including a draft of an eight-legged essay. He casually flipped through it and was astonished to find that the writing in the draft was exactly the same as his son’s. As he continued reading, he found essays from the provincial and metropolitan exams, which were also identical to his son’s writings during those exams. Mr. Yu was greatly amazed.

Suddenly, a beam of light shone into the room from the window. In that light, Mr. Yu saw, as if in a trance, the words ‘Yu Yunshi(于雲石)’ on the opposite stone wall. He approached with a candle to take a closer look, but it actually read ‘Qianxiao Stone(千霄石).’ Just as he turned to go back, there was a deafening roar behind him. When he looked back, the stone wall had collapsed, and the words ‘Qianxiao Stone’ were nowhere to be seen.

That night, Mr. Yu was filled with doubt and suspicion, unable to sleep at all. Early the next morning, he hurriedly left the inn. Upon reaching the capital and meeting his son, he recounted his strange experience at the inn in detail. Yu Yunshi, upon hearing it, couldn’t help but turn pale and collapsed on the spot. Mr. Yu urgently called for help, but Yu Yunshi had already passed away.

Translated from《于雲石》in 《子不語》:

金壇于雲石,官翰林時,迎其父就養入都。一日,行至中途,天色已晚,四無人煙,尋一旅店,遂往投宿。店主以人滿辭,于以前路無店,固求留宿。店主躊躇久之,曰:「店後只有空屋數椽,小兒幼年曾讀書其處,不幸夭亡,我不忍往觀,故封閉之。客如不嫌,請暫住一夜如何?」
于從之,即開門入,見四壁塵蒙,蠨蛸滿戶,案有殘書數卷。偶得時文稿一本,翻閱之,與其子雲石所作文無異;入後數篇,與鄉、會試中式之卷亦相同,意甚訝然。忽寓外有光射入,見對面石壁上恍惚有「于雲石」字跡,即秉燭出現,乃「千霄石」三字也。轉身進內,蹦然有聲,石壁遂倒,字亦隨滅。一夜驚疑不寐。
曉行抵都,與子備述其事。雲石聞言,不覺失色,須臾仆地。急喚家人救治,不蘇而絕。

94 thoughts on “Yu Yunshi”

  1. Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this website.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s tough to get that “perfect balance” between superb usability and
    appearance. I must say you have done a fantastic job with this.
    Additionally, the blog loads extremely quick for
    me on Opera. Outstanding Blog!

  2. Today, I went to the beach with my kids.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed
    the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it
    pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely
    off topic but I had to tell someone!

  3. I really like what you guys are up too. Such clever work
    and exposure! Keep up the excellent works guys I’ve added you guys to our
    blogroll.

  4. Good day! I just wish to give you a huge thumbs up for your great info you
    have right here on this post. I’ll be coming back to your site for more soon.

  5. I just could not leave your site prior to suggesting that I
    really enjoyed the usual information a person supply to your guests?
    Is going to be again incessantly to check out new posts

  6. Great post. I was checking constantly this weblog and I am inspired!

    Very helpful information specially the remaining
    part 🙂 I handle such information much. I used to
    be looking for this particular information for a very lengthy time.
    Thank you and good luck.

  7. Hey there! Quick question that’s totally off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My website looks weird when browsing from my iphone4.
    I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to correct this issue.
    If you have any suggestions, please share. Thanks!

  8. Good day! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers
    and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a marvellous job!

  9. Ahaa, its fastidious conversation about this paragraph at this place at this webpage, I have read all that, so
    now me also commenting at this place.

  10. You’re so interesting! I don’t believe I’ve read through anything like that
    before. So nice to find somebody with a few genuine thoughts on this topic.
    Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is one
    thing that is required on the internet, someone with some originality!

  11. Good day! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using
    for this site? I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had problems with hackers
    and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform.

    I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  12. We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme
    in our community. Your website provided us with valuable information to work on.
    You’ve done an impressive job and our entire community
    will be grateful to you.

  13. Article writing is also a excitement, if you know after that you can write otherwise it is difficult to write.

  14. I’ve been browsing online greater than 3 hours today,
    but I never discovered any attention-grabbing article like yours.
    It’s pretty value enough for me. In my view, if all web owners and bloggers made
    excellent content as you probably did, the web might be a lot more useful than ever
    before.

  15. Hi to all, how is everything, I think every one is getting more from this site, and your views are fastidious in support of new viewers.

  16. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of
    plagorism or copyright infringement? My website has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either created
    myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over
    the internet without my authorization. Do you know any ways to help protect
    against content from being stolen? I’d genuinely
    appreciate it.

  17. Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing.
    Do you have any tips and hints for newbie blog writers?

    I’d really appreciate it.

  18. Hi, Neat post. There’s a problem with your site in web explorer, may check this?

    IE nonetheless is the market chief and a large part of
    other folks will pass over your wonderful writing
    due to this problem.

  19. Hello my loved one! I want to say that this
    post is amazing, great written and come with approximately all important infos.
    I would like to see more posts like this .

  20. Thanks on your marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading
    it, you’re a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will
    come back down the road. I want to encourage
    continue your great job, have a nice morning!

  21. Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog
    before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

  22. Good day! This is my first comment here so I just
    wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading
    through your posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects?
    Appreciate it!

  23. Superb post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject?
    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further.
    Appreciate it!

  24. Hi there Dear, are you genuinely visiting this website daily,
    if so afterward you will absolutely get good experience.

  25. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article.
    I will make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful info.
    Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely return.

  26. Hello, constantly i used to check webpage posts here in the early hours in the morning,
    for the reason that i love to learn more and more.

  27. I every time spent my half an hour to read this weblog’s articles or reviews daily along
    with a cup of coffee.

  28. Does your website have a contact page? I’m having
    a tough time locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an e-mail.
    I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might
    be interested in hearing. Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it improve over time.

  29. you’re in point of fact a just right webmaster.
    The web site loading speed is amazing. It sort of feels that you are doing any distinctive
    trick. Moreover, The contents are masterwork. you have done a fantastic process
    in this subject!

  30. Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my
    iPad and tested to see if it can survive a 40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views.
    I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  31. Have you ever considered about adding a little bit more
    than just your articles? I mean, what you say is valuable and everything.

    But just imagine if you added some great images or videos to give your posts more, “pop”!
    Your content is excellent but with images and clips,
    this site could certainly be one of the very best in its
    field. Good blog!

  32. whoah this blog is wonderful i like reading your articles.

    Stay up the good work! You recognize, a lot of individuals
    are hunting round for this info, you can help them greatly.

  33. This website definitely has all the information I wanted about this subject and didn’t know who to
    ask.

  34. Hi there friends, fastidious piece of writing and pleasant urging commented at this place,
    I am truly enjoying by these.

  35. excellent points altogether, you just won a new reader.

    What would you suggest in regards to your post that you
    made a few days ago? Any sure?

  36. This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger.

    I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of
    your magnificent post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

  37. It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the future
    and it’s time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I want
    to suggest you few interesting things or advice.
    Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article.

    I desire to read more things about it!

  38. This is a really good tip especially to those new to the
    blogosphere. Brief but very accurate information… Thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read article!

  39. I am sure this piece of writing has touched all the internet users, its really really nice post on building up new weblog.

  40. Hi there this is somewhat of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how
    so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  41. It’s remarkable to visit this website and reading the views of all mates on the topic of this
    piece of writing, while I am also eager of getting experience.

  42. I think this is one of the most significant info for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But want to remark on few general things, The site style is ideal,
    the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers

  43. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my weblog so i came to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to
    use some of your ideas!!

  44. I for all time emailed this webpage post page to
    all my contacts, since if like to read it afterward my
    friends will too.

  45. excellent issues altogether, you simply received a
    brand new reader. What might you recommend in regards to your submit that you simply made
    some days in the past? Any certain?

  46. I do not know if it’s just me or if everyone else encountering issues with your
    site. It seems like some of the text in your posts are running off the screen. Can somebody else please provide feedback
    and let me know if this is happening to them as well?
    This may be a problem with my internet browser because I’ve had this
    happen before. Thank you

  47. Awesome site you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics discussed in this article?
    I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get responses from other
    experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know.
    Cheers!

  48. Hey there I am so excited I found your blog, I really found you by accident, while
    I was researching on Yahoo for something else, Regardless I am here now and would just like to
    say kudos for a tremendous post and a all round enjoyable blog (I also love the theme/design),
    I don’t have time to look over it all at the minute but I have saved it and also added in your RSS
    feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep
    up the fantastic job.

  49. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find
    It really useful & it helped me out a lot.
    I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me.

  50. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but
    after going through a few of the articles I realized it’s new to
    me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely happy I stumbled upon it and I’ll be bookmarking it
    and checking back regularly!

  51. Hello are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but
    I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you need any html coding knowledge
    to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  52. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this,
    like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit,
    but instead of that, this is wonderful blog. An excellent read.
    I’ll definitely be back.

  53. Hey there! I’ve been following your blog for a long time now and finally got the
    courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Texas!
    Just wanted to say keep up the great work!

  54. I pay a visit everyday a few blogs and information sites to read content, but this weblog provides quality based posts.

  55. I think this is among the such a lot important info for me.
    And i am satisfied studying your article. However want to statement on few
    common things, The website taste is wonderful, the
    articles is actually nice : D. Just right process, cheers

  56. Hi there would you mind letting me know which web host you’re
    using? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most.

    Can you recommend a good hosting provider at a honest price?
    Thanks, I appreciate it!

  57. Just wish to say your article is as amazing. The clarity in your
    post is just great and i could assume you are an expert on this
    subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep up to date
    with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the enjoyable
    work.

  58. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently.

    I’m quite certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for the next!

  59. It’s actually a cool and helpful piece of info. I am happy that
    you simply shared this useful information with us.

    Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  60. I know this website offers quality based articles
    and other information, is there any other site which provides such things in quality?

  61. If you would like to take a great deal from this article then you have to apply such strategies to
    your won website.

  62. Please let me know if you’re looking for
    a article author for your site. You have some really great posts and I
    think I would be a good asset. If you ever
    want to take some of the load off, I’d really like to write some articles for your blog in exchange for a link
    back to mine. Please blast me an e-mail if interested.
    Many thanks!

  63. You have made some decent points there. I checked on the web for more info about the
    issue and found most people will go along with your views on this website.

  64. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be
    actually something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get
    the hang of it!

  65. It’s truly very difficult in this full of activity life to
    listen news on TV, so I just use the web for that purpose,
    and take the most recent information.

  66. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here.
    The sketch is tasteful, your authored material
    stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an edginess over
    that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this hike.

  67. Hello there, You have done a great job. I’ll definitely digg
    it and personally suggest to my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this
    website.

  68. hello!,I really like your writing very a lot!
    share we keep up a correspondence more approximately your post on AOL?
    I need a specialist on this house to resolve my problem. Maybe that is you!

    Taking a look ahead to peer you.

  69. If you wish for to increase your experience only keep visiting this
    web page and be updated with the hottest news posted here.

  70. If some one wants expert view concerning blogging after that i propose him/her to pay a
    quick visit this blog, Keep up the fastidious job.

  71. It is not my first time to pay a visit this web site, i am visiting this web page dailly and
    take nice facts from here everyday.

  72. Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that
    it is really informative. I’m gonna watch out for brussels.

    I’ll appreciate if you continue this in future.
    Lots of people will be benefited from your writing.
    Cheers!

  73. Fantastic goods from you, man. I’ve take into accout your stuff prior to and you’re just too magnificent.
    I actually like what you’ve obtained right here, really like what you’re saying and
    the way in which through which you say it. You are making it entertaining and you continue to care for to keep it smart.
    I can not wait to read far more from you. That is really a great site.

  74. She replied quickly and free live mature sex cams, provided an overview of her services and the corresponding prices. I chose a short video and liked it. A few minutes later I was sent the arousing video, after which we chatted for a while.

Leave a Comment