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 The Four Major South Opera Plays:
    The Tale of Thornwood Hairpin: The Wenzhou scholar Wang Shipeng married Qian Yulian, the thornwood hairpin being the betrothal gift. But their neighbor Sun Ruquan coveted the beauty of Qian for long and plotted repeatedly against them. Even after Shipeng won the state examination and became the No. 1 Scholar of the country, Sun bribed the Prime Minister in power Wan Si and exiled Shipeng to a place far away. When Qian received a forged divorce letter from Shipeng, she threw herself into the river. Fortunately, she was rescued by a resigned cabinet minister Qian Zaihe. In the end, the couple got reunited. (Note: This play is staged by Wenzhou Yue Opera Troupe, and is listed as one among the Wenzhou "New South Opera Serial" Project.)
    The Tale of White Rabbit: After the husband Liu Zhiyuan was drafted, Li Sanniang was subject to much maltreatment by her brother-in-law Li Hongyi and his wife. She gave birth to her son in the milling shed, who was sent to Liu Zhiyuan by old Dou and was brought up there. Sixteen years later, Liu Zhiyuan became quite better off. One day, in chase of a white rabbit, the son met his mother by a well. At last, the family reunited. (Note: This play is staged by Wenzhou Yue Opera Troupe, and is listed as one among the Wenzhou "New South Opera Serial" Project.)
    The Tale of Bowing in Solute to the Moon: The son of the left prime minister of the Jin Kingdom TuoManXingFu was fleeing from calamity. On the way, he was rescued by a scholar Jiang Shilong, and the two became sworn brothers. In the turmoil of war, the daughter of War Minister Wang Zhen lost touch with her mother. She also met Jiang by chance and though in adversity, they got married soon. Meanwhile, Jiang's sister Ruilian met Mrs. Wang and became her adopted daughter. Wang Zhen was not satisfied with his daughter's marriage, and managed to separate them. Later, Jiang and TuoManXingFu won top in the art and martial examination respectively. And to everyone's delight, they both married the one they love. (Note: This play is staged by Pingyang Xiao-Bai-Hua Yue Opera Troupe, and is listed as one among the Wenzhou "New South Opera Serial" Project.)
The     Tale of Killing the Dog: It is written by a Chun'an playwright Xu Tianchen. The two brothers, Sun Hua and Sun Rong, were on bad terms because they were played off against one another by some ill-intentioned guy. In the end, Sun Rong's wife Yang Yuezhen contrived to persuade her husband by killing a dog. ((Note: This play is staged by Wenzhou Ou Opera Troupe, and is listed as one among the Wenzhou "New South Opera Serial" Project.)
The Tale of Thornwood Hairpin
 
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