Zhu erdan was born to be a lame.
There was something wrong with his left foot.
Since he was a lame,
he married an ungly woman.
There was a temple in the village.
In the temple,there were several wooden statues.
One of the statues was the statue of a judge.
The judge had uncombed hair,a high nose,a big mouth and red beard.
The judge looked repulsive and fierce.
The judge had a leather whip in his hand.
The judge was supposed to punish criminals.
It was said that people could hear him beating criminals at night.
The criminals let out hopless wails.
People dared not pass by the temple at night.
Zhu erdan was a lame.
But he was very brave.
One night,Zhu was drinking wine with his friends.
One of his friends mentioned the horrible statues.
They all talked about the terrible noises from the temple.
Erdan laughed at them.
He did not belive in ghosts in the world.
One of his friends challenged him to carry the statue home.
If he could accomplish the task,
he would honor him with a good dinner the next night.
Erdan went out at once.
After a while,Erdan returned with the wooden statue on his back.
He put the statue beside the table.
He poured some wine into the judge's mouth and said,
"You live not far from my home.
Come and have a drink with me whenever you are free."
Then he carried the statue back to the temple.
The next evening,his friend treated him a good meal at the best restaurant.
It was very late when he was home.
He was half drunk.
He intended to go to bed right way.
He was about to take off his clothes.
There was a knock at the door.
He went to open the door.
The visitor was the judge as a real man.
Erdan was scared.
"Are you here to punish me for what I did last night?"
The judge smiled.
He answered kindly,
"I am here to accept your invitation to have a drink with you."
Erdan was relieved.
They began to drink and talk.
They had a very good time.
From the night on,the judge often visited Erdan's home.
They became good friends.
Once Erdan said to the judge,
"I am satisfied with my life.
But I wish I could walk as well as other people."
The judge relied,
"I might be able to help you someday."
One night,Erdan was awaken by a pressure on his left foot.
He saw the Judge.
The judge had a strange knife in his hand.
He had cut off the bad foot.
Then he transplanted a good foot for Erdan.
He asked Erdan to get off the bed.
Erdan had a walk in the room.
He was not a lame any longer.
Erdan was very happy.
Once while they were drinking,Erdan mentioned his wife.
"My wife is very nice to me.
But her face is not pretty.
Can you do me a favor to make her face pretty?"
The judge said,
"Yes,but you have to wait for a chance.
And don't tell your wife about it."
One midnight several months later,the judge came to Erdan's home.
He had a heavy bag with him.
They began to drink wine and Erdan's wife went to bed.
When she was fast asleep,the judge said to Erdan,
"I have found a pretty young woman's head for your wife.
The woman died only yesterday."
Erdan took the judge to the bedroom.
The judge cut off his wife's head.
Then he transplanted the the young woman's head to her body.
Erdan's wife did not wake up during the operation.
There was no blood and pain.
The next morning,Erdan's wife washed her face .
Then she looked at the mirror as usual.
She suddenly let out a sharp cry,
"My godness!Who is the beautiful woman in the mirror?"
Erdan told her what had happened the night before.
His wife was very happy .
She was very grateful to her husband.
In a neighbouring town,a rich man's daughter died.
At night,his daughter's head was exchanged with a ugly looking woman's head.
The man reported the event to the court.
Soon the court found out the exchange of the two heads.
Erdan and his wife were very afraid.
They worried about being sued.
The judge came to his home at night.
He told them not to be afraid.
He had made an arrangement.
That night,the rich man and his wife had a same dream.
Their daughter's spirit told them about the exchange.
She said she was very happy with the exchange,
for her beautiful face could stay in the world.
She asked their parents to take Erdan's wife as their own daughter.
The next morning,the couple went to the court.
They asked the court not to charge Erdan's wife.
Then they came to Erdan's home
and adopted Erdan's wife as their daughter.
Both Erdan and his wife were ophans.
They were very happy to be the couple's daughter and son-in-law.
They lived together happily as a family.
The judge became the friend of the whole family.
He often came to have a drink with Erdan and his father-in-law.
But he always came at night.
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