“The Three Snake-Leaves”
There once was a poor man whose son decided to go out into the world and try to make a living. The son joined the king’s army and marched to war. In the battle many men were killed and some started to flee, but the son rallied them and led them to victory. The king was most impressed with this and gave the boy position and wealth.
The king had a beautiful daughter, but she said she would take no man unless he vowed to be buried with her if she died because you wouldn’t want to outlive your love. She would also vow to be buried with him if he died first.
But the guy loved her so much he made the vow and they were married. They lived together for a time, but then she grew ill and died. When she was buried, he was locked in her tomb with some bread and wine, knowing that when those ran out he’d starve.
Some days later, he saw a white snake going towards the body. He took his sword and cut it into three pieces. Then a second snake came in, but left when it saw the dead one. It returned with some leaves and brought the dead snake back to life. The two then left.
The man picked up the leaves and put them on the mouth and eyes of his dead wife. She soon came back to life. They pounded on the door until a guard heard them and the king was sent for. The door was opened and all were happy they were both alive.
The man gave the leaves to a servant to watch over.
But not all was great, for the wife no longer loved her husband.
He decided to cross the sea and visit his father. She went with him, but fell in with the evil ship captain. One day while the man slept, the captain and the wife picked him up and threw him overboard. She explained that when they returned home she would play up the heroics of the captain and the king would be okay with them getting married.
But the servant with the leaves saw all of this and lowered a boat and found the body. He revived him and the two rowed for home, arriving before the princess and the captain.
At first the king didn’t believe the tale, but told them to hide themselves and he would see what his daughter said when she returned. A few days later the ship arrived and she told her story. But the king called for her husband to come out.
The princess begged for mercy, but she and the captain were put in a boat full of holes and left at sea where they soon drowned.
The old “You brought me back to life, but I no longer love you,” line.
Normally, as I read the stories and type up the overview, I’ll come up with snarky points to make or questions. But I didn’t really come up with any for this one. So, better luck next time?