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Prologue: Male Impropriety and Female Outrage Lead to a Tragic End

Janet M. Theiss

in Disgraceful Matters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780520240339
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930667 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240339.003.0012
Prologue: Male Impropriety and Female Outrage Lead to a Tragic End

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Confronted with a homicide that resulted from an unwanted proposition in 1753, Liu Shaobin, the magistrate of Taiyuan County, Shanxi, was vexed by what he saw as an utterly useless loss of innocent life over a matter of face. The facts of the case were clear and were corroborated fully by the victim Ren Shi, her mother-in-law and brother-in-law, the defendant, members of his family, and neighbors. What bothered Magistrate Liu was that the facts of the case added up not to a clear-cut tale of chastity impugned and requited but to a tragedy of poor judgment, misunderstanding, and blind fury, and he was none too sympathetic to any of the participants.

Keywords: Liu Shaobin; Tiyaun County; homicide; chastity; Ren Shi

Chapter.  3786 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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