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Department of Chinese, NTNU
Kui You-kuang once dreamed of Wu Kuan, the Wu-chung literary leader, bestowed a volume upon him in his youth. The Symbol of this volume-bestowing dream is similar to the two pen-bestowing dreams recorded in “History of Nan Dynasty.” One was about Chiang Yen dreamed of Kuo Pu and the other Chi Shao-yu dreamed of Lu Chui. However, the dream was rarely mentioned by futurities and not prized by cultivators on Hsi-fu's antecedent. Here the author would like to explore the reason that this dream was foregotten on one hand, and observe the influence which Kui You-kuang's memorable dream had over him on the other. The study found out that this dream was taken as a good omen of Kuo You-kuang's success in the Imperial exam, and he was regarded as the new talent who would get the first place in both Metropolitan and Palace exam after Wu Kuan in Wu-chung area. To realize his political aspiration and the ideal of serving the country, Kui You-kuang also hoped to be admitted to Hanlin Academy, and promoted to high-ranking. So the dream and ideal could integrate into one. But the fact that Kui You-kang only got the number three of Chinshih afterward made him went too far from the ideal. Therefore, the divination failed and the dream was not retold anymore. This article is divided into six sections: 1. Preface. 2. The Min Dynasty's Imperial Exam Society which is Addicted to Dream Divination. 3. Kuo You-kuang was not Rejective to Dream Divination. 4. The Metropolitan Exam in Chi-wei Year which Almost Fulfilled the Dream. 5. Despondency of the Old Sanchia Chinshih. 6. Conclusion.
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