西樓錯夢

青樓花魁穆素徽傾慕于叔夜的才情,初會時素徽唱《楚江情》明志,並與他訂下鴛盟。叔夜嚴父于雪賓得趙將伯報訊,趕至責備兒子貪戀青樓。將伯威逼鴇母帶素徽避居錢塘。素徽修書一封欲交予叔夜,忙亂中錯放入白紙。

 

是晚于父至書齋,以八句箴言警戒兒子妓女之薄情。叔夜赫見白箋,以為素徽藉此斷盟。後叔夜睡夢中靈魂出竅,錯夢素徽否認婚盟。叔夜死後復生,感父親所言非虛,遂撕碎白箋。

 

宰相之子池同對素徽有意,買通鴇母逼素徽拜堂。素徽寧死不從,後誤聞叔夜死訊,欲在混真寺超度亡夫。時叔夜到寺答謝神恩,二人誤失相會良機。俠士長公與夫人輕鴻趁機營救素徽。長公府內,素徽偶見新科狀元叔夜遊街。二人解開白箋之誤,冰釋前嫌。長公巧施妙計,助二人成婚。



Dream of the West Chamber / Misconstruing Dream in the West Mansion

Leading courtesan Mu Suhui admires the talent of Yu Shuye. At their first meeting, Mu sings “The Limpid Chu River” to express her love. The two take an oath of marriage. After learning about the love affair,Shuye’s father barges into the brothel and admonishes his son for loving a prostitute. Zhao bullies the madam into taking Mui to Qiantang to live in seclusion. Mu writes a letter to Yu, but she is in such a hurry that she accidentally puts a piece of blank paper into the envelope.

 

That night, Yu’s father comes to the study and warns him with eight maxims on the heartlessness of prostitutes. After his father leaves, Yu finds the blank paper and considers it a sign from Mu that she has broken off their engagement. Later on, while experiencing an out-of-body state, Yu dreams that Mu has denied the oath. Once conscious, Yu decides his father is right and tears the blank paper into pieces.

 

Chitong, the son of the prime minister, loves Mu. He bribes the madam and tries to marry Mu, who would rather die than comply. Misinformed that Yu has died, Mu visits Hunzhen Temple to pray for his soul. Yualso happens to be at the temple to give thanks for being spared from a life with Mu, but he fails to see her.Mu is rescued by knight errant Changgong and his wife, Qinghong. From the knight’s house, Mu one day seesYu parading down the street as the new champion of the imperial examination. The two meet and clear up the misunderstanding. By a clever plan, the knight helps the two get married.