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a chance to slay Dong Zhuo. Wu Fu constantly wore a breastplate underneath his court dress and carried in conceal a sharp dagger. One day when Dong Zhuo came to court, Wu Fu met him on the steps and tried to stab him. But Dong Zhuo was a very powerful man and held Wu Fu off till Lu Bu came to his help. Lu Bu struck down the assailant.
“Who told you to rebel？” said Dong Zhuo.
Wu Fu glared at him and cried, “You are not my prince, I am not your minister： Where is the rebellion？ Your crimes fill the heavens, and every person would slay you. I am sorry I cannot tear you asunder with chariots to appease the wrath of the world！”
At Bohai, Yuan Shao heard of Dong Zhuo’s misuse of power and sent a secret letter to Minister of the Interior Wang Yun：
“That rebel Dong Zhuo outrages Heaven and has deposed his ruler. Common people dare not speak of him： That is understandable. Yet you suffer his agGREssions as if you knew naught of them. How then are you a dutiful and loyal minister？ I have assembled an army and desire to sweep clean the royal habitation, but I dare not lightly begin the task. If you are willing, then find an opportunity to plot against this man. If you would use force, I am at your command.”
the letter arrived but Wang Yun could see no chance to plot against Dong Zhuo.
One day while among the throng in attendance,
His enemies hemmed him in on every side.
He was hacked to pieces.
Yuan Shu bade his soldiers scatter and seek out all
the families of the eunuchs, sparing none.
In that slaughter many beardless men were killed in error.
Cao Cao set himself to extinguish the fires.
He then begged Empress He to undertake the
direction of affairs, and soldiers were sent to
and saw soldiers in pursuit. Their leader,
Min Gong, a commander in Henan,
was shouting, “Traitors, stop, stop！”
Zhang Rang, seeing that he was lost,
jumped into the river, where he was drowned.
very hungry. They lay down in the thick grass and
wept in each other’s arms, silently,
lest anyone should discover them.
“This is no a place to stay in,”
said Prince Xian. “We must find some way out.”
So the two children knotted their clothes
together and managed to crawl up the bank.
They were in a thicket of thorn bushes,
Corrupted by these, He Miao went in to speak with his sister Empress He and said,
“The General is the chief support of the new Emperor, yet he is no
t gracious and merciful but thinks wholly of slaughter.
If he slays the eunuchs without cause, it may bring about revolution.”
Soon after He Jin entered and told her of his design to put the eunuchs to death.
She argued with him, “Those officials look after palace
affairs and are old servants. To kill the old servants just after the
death of their master would appear disrespectful to the dynasty’s ancestral temple.”
And as He Jin was of a vacillating mind, he murmured assent and left her.
“What about it?” said Yuan Shao on meeting him.
like prancing tiger and soaring dragon: You may do as you please. To use such
enormous powers against the eunuchs would bring victory as easily as lighting up
a furnace to burn a hair. Only act promptly: Use your powers and smite at once,
and all the empire will be with you. But to summon forces to the capital,
to gather many bold warriors into one spot, each with different schemes,
is to turn our weapons against our own person,
Nothing but failure can come of it, and havoc will ensue.”