Lament at Changmen Palace


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A long time later, I began to understand the value of a golden palace.

If Wei Zifu loved you, then her story could only have ended the way mine did.

People often said that the limits of love lay in one’s ability to endure – to endure the fact that the man we loved would have three wives and four concubines.

Wei Zifu managed to tolerate. So, she accompanied you by your side for thirty-eight years.

She could accomplish this because she did not love you.

All along, what she wanted was never love.

If, from the beginning, all I wanted was only the precious throne belonging to an Empress, perhaps I would not have lost you as quickly as I had.

Note: This oneshot narrates the true story between Emperor Han Wudi (Liu Che) and his first wife, the deposed Empress Chen Jiao. Their story has been encapsulated into a famous chinese idiom called “金屋藏娇” (jīn wū cáng jiāo), which literally means ‘putting (Chen) Jiao into a golden house’.

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milkandbiscuits rated it
October 8, 2017
Status: Completed
I've heard about Chen Jiao's story before, since Han Wudi was one of the more famous Emperors in the Han dynasty..

This short story is unique in the sense that it takes the perspective of the deposed Empress Chen Jiao, instead of Wei Zifu, unlike many dramas. I used to think Chen Jiao deserved what she got for her jealousy and for practicing witchcraft, but there was a paragraph in this story:

"So I never once told you that it was Wei Zifu who framed me for practicing witchcraft.

I had been wronged... more>> beyond salvation, and you were convinced that I was the mastermind."

Two sentences. The evidence against Chen Jiao in history was damnable, but in this story, she did not attempt to explain how she was wronged, and the reason is simple but tragic. Because even she herself was unable to redress her injustice, having been 'wronged beyond salvation'.

Makes me wonder if later generations had been too harsh upon her. Her life story is tragic... Was it Chen Jiao's fault that she could not produce an heir? Yet she had to live with the consequences, to watch as newer and younger women won Han Wudi's favour...

Overall a short but interesting story in narrating the story of Chen Jiao. This story would be more poignant for those familiar with their histories. <<less
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Abi rated it
October 7, 2017
Status: oneshot
It's a short, tragically beautiful story narrating the life of a deposed empress, what lead to her demise, and what happened afterwards. She is portrayed as a simple woman who's only fault was loving a man (the emperor). The emperor isn't a 2D character, and his weakness (love) was what led to the tragic ending. It's a beautiful story, but it was so short it ended before I could even really get emotionally invested in it. The translation is very good, and the story flows well.
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Jevanka926 rated it
May 17, 2018
Status: oneshot
Such a beautiful historical fiction. People always see the deposed empress as an evil. But, what if there is something behind it?

Because, histories are written by the winners.
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Aurora123 rated it
January 3, 2018
Status: one shot
I cried. I really did great story I dont know if it well get out of my mind this story is so great even though it is so tragic I mean in the beginning I thought I dont want drama and something so heavy so I was hesitating but then when I read it to the end I started crying I mean I couldnt get it out of my mind and just thinking that this might have happened in real life or it could have happened already really breaks my... more>> heart and this line when she says "in the end our love was built from carelessness" or something like that I was so so broken hearted but I still recommend this novel I hope they can do more of it <<less
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SilentWatch83 rated it
July 12, 2018
Status: Completed
Sad and poignant.

A very good alternative view.

Very flowing, smooth translation! The bitterness of a deposed, abandoned woman, and the multiple layers of intrigues that always existed in such situations.
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hikaoru rated it
May 18, 2018
Status: --
this story (which the translator told that this one's ending is too far from the real story), is narrating the life of an Empress who loved her husband as a man and not as an Emperor. Looking at the story side, the Emperor realized he loved her after she died. On the historical side, the emperor didn't really love her and had another empress and concubines as if she didn't exist.

the author tried to give justice to MC's jealousness that their history is only decided by the victors, since the... more>> girl that replaced her was the one who tainted her reputation and together the emperor indirectly killed her.

the realization of being in the throne, once you fall in love, you are the loser. She had seen it with the previous prince and later suffered from it.

i hope that she reincarnated and meet her fated one and live happily together. <<less
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Keisotsuna rated it
May 2, 2018
Status: --
It's heartbreaking to read the Empress Chen Jiao's perspective. I cried so much reading this. Although short, the emotions showed in ever sentence stabs you deep in the heart.

At the same time, the story also showed the reality — albeit, a cruel and tragic one — of the struggles and lives of women in the Imperial Harem many years ago.
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