The Bride

Deborah Hendrick on Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Jiang Li cried herself to sleep on her wedding night. Not quietly, though. Her anguished sobs reverberated throughout the prince’s quarters, and by morning there was no one in the palace who didn’t know she had begged the prince to send her back to her father and mother.

She died in childbirth, nine months later, still begging to go home. The prince buried her beside a horse that refused to be broken, who died running away and tumbled down a rocky slope into the river. The prince was very sorrowful, and never took another wife or rode again.

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