Zhang Fei Whips The Government Officer;
He Jin Plots To Kill The Eunuchs.
Dong Zhuo was born in the far northwest at Lintao in the West Valley Land. As the governor
of Hedong, Dong Zhuo himself was arrogant and overbearing. But the day he had treated Liu
Bei with contumely had been his last, had not Liu Bei and Guan Yu restrained their wrathful brother Zhang Fei.
“Remember he has the government commission,” said Liu Bei. “Who are we to judge and slay?”
“It is bitter to take orders from such a wretch. I would rather slay him! You may stay here if you wish to, but I will seek some other place,” said Zhang Fei.
“We three are one in life and in death; there is no parting for us. We will all go hence.”
So spoke Liu Bei, and his brother was satisfied. Wherefore all three set out and lost no time
in traveling until they came to Zhu Jun, who received them well and accepted their aid in
attacking Zhang Ba. At this time Cao Cao had joined himself to Huangfu Song, and they
were trying to destroy Zhang Lian, and there was a great battle at Quyang.
Zhang Ba was commanding some eighty thousand troops. The rebel had led his army to a strong
position in the rear of the hills. An attack being decided upon, Liu Bei was the van leader. On the
rebel side a general of Zhang Ba, Gao Sheng, came out to offer battle. Liu Bei sent Zhang Fei to smite
Gao Sheng. Out rode Zhang Fei at full speed, his spear ready set. After a few bouts Zhang Fei wounded
Gao Sheng, who was unhorsed. At this Liu Bei signaled the main army to advance.
Then Zhang Ba, while still mounted, loosened his hair, grasped his sword, and uttered his incantations.
Thereupon began the wind to howl and the thunder to roll, while a dense black cloud from the heavens s
ettled upon the field. And therein seemed to be horsemen and footmen innumerable, who swept to attack