Jiang Xingge and Fortune married at an early age and lived a loving life. In order to collect the trading credits, Jiang Xingge decided to make a journey for the business and promised Fortune to return home after a year. However, despite the homesickness, he could not return home within a year, which made fortune able to bear the separation. She firstly asked a blind fortune-teller about her husband and got a satisfying a hopeful reply. So she continued her waiting by spending much of her time in the front portion of the house gazing out from behind the curtain or going down to look out for his husband. One day, she came across the elegant young man Chen Dalang, who traded rice and beans and such. He could not dismiss Fortune from his thought, so he asked the jewel vendor, Dame Xue to think out some cunning stratagem which will enable him to possess Fortune. Dame Xue approached the Fortune gradually and succeeded in getting them together with her careful planning. Affection between them became deeper each day. Before Chen returned home for his trade business, Fortune gave him a “pearl-sewn shirt” as a gift that contained her love for him.
Chen Dalang and Jiang Xingge happened to meet each other in Suzhou and became firm friends with each other. Chen told Jiang about his affairs with Fortune and asked him to bring things to Fortune and Dame Xue.
Jiang went into a rage and instituted a bill of divorcement. However, he still gave Fortune sixteen trunks of wedding present when she married the district magistrate as a concubine. His kindness overwhelmed the girl with embarrassment. Chen Dalang met with robbery and fell ill. He soon passed away and was survived by his wife Dame Ping. Jiang Xingge ended up marrying Dame Ping and reencountered the “pearl-sewn shirt”.
Jiang Xingge was accused of murdering an old man when he was doing business. He was put on trial at the Magistrate’s, who happened to be Fortune’s new husband. With the plea of Fortune, the Magistrate settled the whole case cleverly without prescribing any punishment for Jiang. Fortune reunited with Jiang Xingge and the Magistrate was moved by their deep love for each other and allowed them to remarry. Fortune then became the second wife of Jiang Xingge and lived happily with him and Dame Ping, who took the precedence as the Jiang’s first wife.
This is a story adapted from Feng Meng Long's much longer book, "Stores of Old and New" (喻世名言)