Tang Wan, a talented girl in the Southern Song Dynasty of China, who has been smart and sensible since she was young. She is a typical lady of the family. All elders liked this girl, includes Lu You’s mother Tang. So the family of Lu sent a luxurious hairpin as token to the family of Tang to set up a marriage relationship between Lu You and Tang Wan.
The two families were thousands of miles apart, South and North, if there is no war, Lu You and Tang Wan would not known each other. At that war years, Tang was like spring breeze in Lu’s life and warmed his heart.
The two people read books and drunk tea together in those years, they were friends and lover at the same time. When Lu was 20 years old, he married Tang and expected to be together forever.
They loved each other after marrriage, as before marriage. They read poems and are hard to be apart, so deep love make Lu’s mother worried, she thought a woman should not have so obvious literary talent or the woman would not be liked.
Lu’s mother Tang is the granddaughter of Tang Jie, the prime minister of Northern Song Dynasty. She had a long-term vision and knew what kind of wife for Lu You is best for him. It’s good to be virtuous rather than talented.
Lu’s mother is afraid that her son is lost in love and delay his study, so she forced her son to divorce Tang Wan.
Someone thought Lu’s mother dislike Tang Wan because Tang was barren. But Lu You could take concubines with his family background at that time if Tang Wan was barren, but Lu’s mother chosen to sperate them, which shows her aversion to Tang Wan.
Lu You had let Tang lived in other yard and met her secretly, but it’s found by Lu’s mother soon. His mother acted cautiously, she didn’t get Tang out of the yard and forced Lu to marry the daughter of the family of Wang.
We don’t know why did Lu You agree with her mother, maybe he was threatened by his mother, maybe he was out of helplessness, anyway, he married Wang who he didn’y love.
Tang had reason to hate Lu, she insist her love for him even if she was divorced and had secret meeting with him while ignoring her own reputation. But Lu still left her.
Zhao Shicheng is the royal descent, he is gentle and responsible, the man love Tang Wan deeply and married Tang who had been divorced. He knew the love story about Tang and Lu, but he didn’t regret. He was willing to be an umbrella on the hands of Tang, and protected her from wind and rain for the rest life.
A few years later, Lu You went to Shenyuan again, he saw a fimilar figure suddenly, it was Tang Wan who he loved deeply.
Tang Wan stood beside Zhao Shicheng, she saw Lu You but couldn’t to come forward, her husband is Zhao now whether she loved this man or not, she couldn’t touch Lu You again for the family of Zhao.
Zhao knew that they had feeling for each other, he picked up a glass of wine and presented it to Tang, said that, “it’s not easy to meet again, go and toast him”.
Lu drank the wine in one gulp, and both of them wept silently.
Lu wrote a poem, Chai Toufeng, on the wall after Tang left. He put unspoken words in the poem.
They are forced to sperate at that year, happy time become sad days. He hates his weakness for so many years.
The bad love story destroied the four people, Lu You, Tang Wan, Zhao Shicheng, Wang, no one is happy, no one get love. Who is wrong? Lu’s mother Tang, also Lu You.
Tang Wan went to Shenyuan again after one year. Tears poured down her face when Tang saw Lu’s poem, she missed a whole year to get the words on the wall, it’s late, too late.
Tang was seriously ill at that time, breathing as old woman, she couldn’t pursue her love even if she wanted, the body did not support.
She use her pen to wrote a answer poem for Chai Toufeng.
Her life is too difficult and there are so many worries in her mind, the missing and deep love had to be hidden.
Zhao Shicheng was sad when he read Tang’s answer poem to Lu, his love and accompanying are no match for Lu’s Chai Toufeng. He didn’t get her love althrough he had given so much to her.
At that autumn of the year, Tang Wan left the cold world with regret, her husband Zhao didn’t remarry since Tang’s death.
When Lu was old, he lived beside Shenyuan. The old man would go to the template and look over every time he enter the city. Decades later, the words on the wall became blurred, Lu was still in tears when he saw these words.
After forty years since Tang’s death, Lu stood on the bride and looked at the spring water, his thought went back to the young years. He and Tang read opems together, the lake reflected her shadow, her smile was so beautiful. The man didn’t forget his love story about Tang even after so many years.
After more years, the old man could’t walk s step although the destination was so close. In the old age, he counld only go back to Shenyuan in his dream.
There are wintersweets in the Shenyuan in his dream, but he couldn’t find Tang and see her again althrough he was dying to meet her.
Lu thought that perhaps Tang still hated him. Blame his weakness, blame him for breaking his promise, blame him for leaving her at that year.
Lu You knew he would die when he was 84 years old, at that spring, he came to Shenyuan with helping from his servants, and wrote the last poem on the wall.
After Tang’s death for over sixty years, she was still loved by Lu You. Love a person even if he went at the end of life, never stop.
At the second year, Lu You died with his love for Tang.