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Du Shiniang - Tou Jiang [Du Shiniang - Drowning Herself In the River]. Ping Tan [Suzhou dialect] opera, sung by Xu Lixian, Shanghai Municipal People's Ping Tan Troupe, accompanied by Jiang Yuequan, Zhou Yunrui, and Liu Tianyun. Du Shiniang is a famous courtesan in the Capital. She falls in love with Li Jia, a scholar who has just failed the national level Imperial Examination. When Li runs out of money and is to be driven away by the procuress, Du brings out all her savings and gives them to Li so Li could buy her out of her position as a prostitute. Liberated, Du accompanies Li on a boat sailing south. On the way, Li meets a salt dealer named Sun Fu, who goads Li to sell Du to him. Overcome by greed, Li sells Du to the salt dealer. Du becomes remorseful and, in front of Li and Zun, she throws her box of treasure into the river, then drowns herself.