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"I'm Done with You."
Wu Lintang also told of a young man who was seduced by a fox, and
though he was gradually wasting away, the fox kept coming. His energies
became so depleted that finally he was not able to satisfy her when
the two were in bed together. Putting on her clothes the fox made
ready to depart. Much as the young man, weeping, implored her to
stay, she adamantly refused.
When reprimanded for her lack of feelings, the fox retorted in
anger, "There are no marital obligations between us; I came
for the specific purpose of getting spiritual nourishment. The cream
and essence of your being has been exhausted. With nothing more
to gain, why should I not go? This is like liaisons built on power
and influence that are broken when there is no more power or influence.
Liaisons built on wealth, too, are severed when there is no more
wealth. Humans curry favour with those whose wealth and power have
aroused their attention, not out of any genuine feelings. reviously
didn't you ingratiate yourself with so-and-so, whom you now no longer
care about? And I am being reproached!"
This 18th-century story appears in Ji Yun's Random Jottings
at the Cottage of Close Scrutiny.
Translation: Leo Tak-hung Chan, The Discourse on Foxes and Ghosts:
Ji Yun and Eighteenth-Century Literati Storytelling. Honolulu:
University of Hawai-i Press, 1998. Pp 203-4.