Disembowelling of Pan Qiaoyun
Title: Disembowelling of Pan Qiaoyun (ID: 184)
LUO Guanzhong 罗贯忠, SHI Nai'an 施耐庵 Shuihu zhuan 水浒全传
DARS, Jaques Au bord de l’eau (Shui-hu-zhuan)
Note(s): (French version, pp.1052-1053)
Text_Interest: The text shows a case of private justice, but the perpetrator of the deed is a professional executioner, Yang Xiong. Pushed through a plot to kill his adulterous wife Pan Qiaoyun, he does so by disembowelling her alive.
Comment: : Gruesome execution of two women, extra judicial, but performed by an executioner. The extract is typical of the way early vernacular novels as "Shuihu zhuan" describe the carrying out of justice: typically, they don’t describe judiciary executions, but do describe with horrible details privately inflicted justice (another case is, in the same book, the way chapter 26 : it describes lengthily Wu Song killing his adulterous and murderess sister-in-law after a kind of mock trial, but avoid the description of the judicial lingchi later inflicted to her main accomplice). Here, the fact that the hero is a professional executor reinforces the paradox of this stress on “private” execution versus “professional” one.
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