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    There are many sub-stories in JY's canon. Many of them told by someone to someone orally. Those mini sub-stories usually tie up loose ends and discuss interesting story connected to the main plot. It doesn't deal with details but very smooth one breath story telling.

    Nine Yin Manual Story - Told by ZBT to GJ
    Origin of The Little Dragon - Told by QCJ to GJ
    Mandarin Duck Story - Told by YD to GJ, HR and others
    Heaven Sword Dragon Sabre True Story - Told by MJ shitai to ZZR
    Cruel Husband and Wife - Told by QQC to YG and Gongsun Lu'e
    Story of Mei Ruohua - Thought by Mei Chaofeng

    and of course many others.

    What other stories were presented in the novel?
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    Xie Xun was quite a prolific storyteller. He told these stories:
    Xie Xun's past
    Purple Dragon
    Old Man of the Mountains and the Persian Ming Cult

    We also get to read about Xie Xun telling the story of the events on Snake Island.

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    No wonder his roaring skill is that good.
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    SPW:
    -Fangzheng tells the origin of Kuihua Baodian.
    -Chongxu tells the marriage conspiracy of Feng Qingyang.
    -Fangzheng/Fangsheng reveal the origin of Yijinjing.

    DGSD:
    -Reverend Zhiguang recounts the massacre of Xiao Feng's real parents
    -Old Boss Wu detailing the daring kidnap of Tianshan Tonglao, and why she so many brave men were under her control
    -Sweeper Monk reveals that everybody was secretly learning Shaolin martial arts and they were screwed
    -Duan Yanqing recalls from memory the night of his Duan Yu-conceiving love scene
    -Ye Erniang and Xiao Yuanshan reveal baby Xuzhu's origin

    More HSDS:
    -Yellow-dressed Lady reveal conspiracy against Beggar Clan, and the fight between Cheng Kun and Shi Huolong

    A Deadly Secret
    Ding Dian reveals his love story and how he acquired Heavenly Glow martial arts
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    忽见柳荫下两个小孩子在哀哀痛哭,瞧模样正是武敦儒、武修文兄弟。郭芙大声叫道:「喂,你们在干甚麽?」武 修文回头见是郭芙,哭道:「我们在哭,你不见麽?」

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    All in all, I was most captivated by HSDS' storytelling. So many mysteries revealed one at a time. It was exciting and unputdownable.
    忽见柳荫下两个小孩子在哀哀痛哭,瞧模样正是武敦儒、武修文兄弟。郭芙大声叫道:「喂,你们在干甚麽?」武 修文回头见是郭芙,哭道:「我们在哭,你不见麽?」

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    Yeah the substories of HSDS fascinate me the most. All of the above, plus the origin of Ming Cult, and the Ming dynasty founders.
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    HSDS did seem to have the lion's share (heh) of these. The story of Dr. Wu Ching Ngau and his wife sort of confused me, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cheng View Post
    HSDS did seem to have the lion's share (heh) of these. The story of Dr. Wu Ching Ngau and his wife sort of confused me, though.
    Still? Wasnt it explained in another thread recently?
    You do know that it is just fiction, dont you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnhHung View Post
    Still? Wasnt it explained in another thread recently?
    Yeah, but HSDS '86's presentation of this part of the story was always murky for some reason. Although I understood every word the characters were saying, the narrative somehow turned murky here. I understood that Granny Golden Flower had a problem with Dr. Wu, and I understood that Dr. Wu's wife had a problem with her husband as well. How these two things were connected, however, wasn't made clear in the series. They seemed like two unrelated things that, by chance, went down at the same time at the same place.

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    Personally, I didn't care for Buffalo Hu's twisted story. He was too quirky, in a boring way.
    忽见柳荫下两个小孩子在哀哀痛哭,瞧模样正是武敦儒、武修文兄弟。郭芙大声叫道:「喂,你们在干甚麽?」武 修文回头见是郭芙,哭道:「我们在哭,你不见麽?」

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