花田八喜

書生卞磯窮困落拓,以擺檔賣字畫籌措上京赴考之費用。小霸王周通貌醜且為人粗鄙,欲購卞磯所畫之紙扇以掩飾醜態,權充斯文。劉員外千金月英與侍婢春蘭於花神廟前偶遇卞磯,月英慕其詩才。陰差陽錯,劉府僕人錯把周通當卞磯,請他到劉府做姑爺。春蘭發現錯請姑爺,但周通誓不罷休,聲言若劉父賴婚便放火燒莊。春蘭乘夜往找卞磯商量對策,並?她改扮女裝,潛入劉府向月英一表衷情。

 

月英與卞磯於園中相會,此時周通花轎臨門,其下屬錯擄卞磯與春蘭。月英之弟嘉齡欲闖新房營救春蘭,卻錯擄周通之妹,卞磯乘亂逃去。一年後卞磯高中狀元,衣錦榮歸至劉府。周通認出當日拜堂之新娘竟是當今狀元爺,大驚求饒。卞磯與月英終成眷屬,並衷心感激春蘭的撮合。



Mistake at the Flower Festival

Bian Ji is a poor young scholar who wants to travel to the capital for the imperial examination. He raises money for the trip by selling paintings and calligraphic works. Zhou Tong is an ugly and vulgar local tyrant who wants to buy a paper fan painted by Bian’s to show his refinement. Bian encounters Liu Yueying, daughter of a landlord, in front of the Flower Goddess Temple. Accompanied by her maid, Chunlan, the young lady is impressed by Bian’s literary talent. A servant from the Liu household mistakes Zhou Tong forBian Ji and proposes to him on behalf of Yueying’s family. Chunlan discovers the mistake, but Zhouthreatens to burn the Liu’s house down if the family refuses the marriage. Chunlan visits Bian that night to plan a way out of the situation. Following the maid’s advice, Bian cross-dresses and sneaks into Yueying’s house to pour out his heart to her.

 

During Yueying and Bian’s meeting in the garden, the bridal sedan chair sent by Zhou arrives. Zhou’s men mistakenly seize Bian and ChunlanYueying’s brother, Jialin, tries to break into the bridal chamber to rescue Chunlan, but he accidentally takes Zhou Tong’s sister instead. Bian escapes amid the confusion.

 

A year later, having scored top marks at the imperial examination, Bian visits the Liu house as an honourable guest. Astounded to recognize that Bian is the person who disguises himself as the bride in his wedding, Zhou begs for mercy. Bian marries Yueying and expresses heartfelt gratitude for Chunlan’s help.