General Note / OCR
Ku Jian from Fan Ma Ji Weeping Prison House from The Story of a Horse Dealer. Chinese opera in Suzhou dialect and Ping Tan ballad form. Produced by Zhongguo Changpian Chang. Sung by Xu Yunzhi, Suzhou City Ping Tan Troupe, accompanied by Wang Ying. 78 rpm. Sides A, B, C, and D Plot: The newly-appointed Xian ling [County Magistrate], Zhao Chong, is out on a public dispatch. His new wife, Li Guizhi, while visiting a garden with her maid, discovers that her father, Li Qi, has been imprisoned. The story of his imprisonment follows. Li Qi is a horse trader. While he is away from home on business, his wife, Yangshi, carries on an adulterous affair with her lover, Tian Wang. Yangshi and Tian Wang expel Li Qi's children [from his first marriage]. When Li Qi returns home and discovers his children are missing, he questions [by torture] the maid, Chunhua, after which Chunhua commits suicide. Yangshi and Tian Wang then accuse Li Qi of raping Chunhua and, thereby, causing her suicide. When her new husband, Zhao Chong, returns home, Li Guizhi asks his help for her father. They compose and file a lawsuit, in the process of which, Li Guizhi discovers that her long-lost brother, Baotong, is the Xun An [law enforcement officer, or court official.]. The case is resolved in court, and the opera ends with a family reunion.