再世紅梅記

太師賈似道之妾李慧娘於西湖邂逅太學員生裴禹,她因已為官家妾,故拒裴禹於千里之外。唯她對裴生並沒忘情,又留下「美哉少年」一語。賈似道聞言大怒,將慧娘殺害,並藏棺於紅梅閣上。裴禹巧遇繡谷女盧昭容,她貌美如慧娘,二人一見鍾情。賈似道亦想納昭容為妾,裴禹教她裝瘋鬧府。賈似道感激裴禹提點他瘋女之害,故留裴禹於府內,以候薦賢。裴禹於紅梅閣遇慧娘鬼魂,二人表明心跡。賈似道得姪兒瑩中提示,得悉昭容裝瘋計謀,欲先殺裴生,後捕昭容。慧娘鬼魂救裴逃遁。賈似道審問妾絳仙為何偷放裴禹,遭慧娘阻止,又罰賈似道於半閒堂面壁思過。慧娘與裴禹趕至揚州欲會昭容,正值她相思魂斷之時,慧娘遂借屍還魂,與裴禹完婚。



The Reincarnation of Lady Plum Blossom / Reincarnation of Lady Red Plum / The Revived Love

Li Huiniang is a concubine of Grand Tutor Jia SidaoLi meets an imperial college student, Pei Yu, at West Lake. Li rejects Pei’s love on the grounds that she is already married. However, unable to forget the young man, Li praises, “What a handsome young man!” Overhearing her admiring words for Pei, the furiousJiakills Li and hides the coffin in Red Plum Tower.

 

Pei encountersLu Zhaorong, whose beauty bears resemblance to Li’s. They fall in love at first sight. Jia also wants to have Lu as one of his concubines. Detecting Jia’s intention, Peiadvises Lu to feign madness. Grateful to Pei for reminding him of the danger of a mad woman, Jia retains Pei in his mansion to recommend him in due course.

 

When Peienters the Red Plum Tower, he encounters the spirit of Li. They declare their love to each other.Jia’s nephew reveals the hoax of Lu’s madnesstoJia, who decides to kill Pei first and then arrest LuLi’s spirit helps Pei to escape. Jia questions his other concubine, Jiangxian, and demands to know why she has released Pei. The spirit of Li stops Jia and makes him repent. Li and Pei arrive at Yangzhou to meet Lu, but Lu has just died of lovesickness. Li’s spirit enters and reanimates Lu’s body. She and Pei get married.