Global Times – Metro Beijing - - WORD MATTERS -

“I’m read­ing Out­laws of the Marsh re­cently and I know the writer Shi Na­ian was born in Taizhou, Shan­dong Prov­ince, so I de­cided to visit there.”

So said a man sur­named Zhang, who al­leged stole many pieces of gold jew­elry from a Taizhou res­i­dent’s house. Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the lo­cal po­lice found Zhang in a nearby res­i­den­tial area and ar­rested him. Zhang con­fessed that he was read­ing one of the four Chi­nese lit­er­a­ture clas­sics – Out­laws of the Marsh (also known as The

Wa­ter Mar­gin and All Men are Broth­ers), and wanted to visit the home­town of the writer Shi Na­ian (1296-1370) while look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to “make some money.” The to­tal value of jew­elry he stole has an es­ti­mated value of 50,000 yuan ($7,282). (Source: Kankan News)

Il­lus­tra­tion: Pe­ter C. Espina/GT

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