He believes Koong Wan-Deh is responsible for murdering them.When Dee calls Koong in for questioning, he dismisses him as a suspect because Koong can only verify that one of the victims lodged with him. In order for Dee to leave his compound, he must be accompanied by a parade of local officials who herald his approach, according to tradition.
Judge Dee is a venerated if unconventional district judge in China.
In this book he works on three different cases which overlap in his schedule.
As a judge, he's a member of the elite class, the Literati.
Consequently he's a well-educated man and has even received some formal training in medicine which proves handy.
The Double Murder at Dawn The lawman of Six Mile Village, Warden Pang, discovers a couple of corpses just outside the city gates.
When he learns they are silk merchants who lodged the night before at Koong Wan-Deh's hostel, he approaches Judge Dee with the case.One of the most celebrated historical magistrates was Judge Dee, who lived in the seventh century A. This book, written in the eighteenth century by a person well versed in the Chinese legal code, chronicles three of Judge Dee's most celebrated cases, interwoven to form a novel.A double murder among traveling merchants, the fatal poisoning of a bride on her wedding night, and an unsolved murder in a small town under Judge Dee's jurisdiction — these are the crimes.The translated novel Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee tells of a district magistrate of Chang-Ping in the T’ang Dynasty named Judge Dee Goong An, famous for his ability to solve mysterious cases.This is simple enough, except it is immediately evident to the reader that Judge Dee is not just a normal magistrate content with solving a case – it is easy to see that he always digs deeper.These philosophies provided him Hsu, of course, was the young man who committed adultery and was an accessory to the murder of Bee Hsun, the husband of Mrs. You are strictly forbidden ever again to engage in the teaching of young students.” (Van Gulik, pg. Respect for the actions of a person’s elders is evident as well.In the same scene, Judge Dee convicts the student Hsu Deh-tai, who is to be executed by strangulation – however, Judge Dee recognizes the “meritorious services rendered to the State by the said Hsu Deh-tai’s father and grandfather” (pg. This is a subtle example of filial piety, albeit indirect filial piety.It comes out that the mother was accidentally responsible for her son's death.Chinese law is rather unforgiving, and she receives a harsh legal punishment.A social hierarchy is near-impossible to miss in this novel as well– from the very beginning the reader is notified of the position of Judge Dee and his consequent assistants under him, along with the fact that all of his subjects refer to themselves as “this insignificant person” (pg. They all respect Judge Dee, which shows the Confucian idea of social order.Long before Western writers had even conceived the idea of writing detective stories, the Chinese had developed a long tradition of literary works that chronicled the cases of important district magistrates. As "fathers to the people" they were at once judge and detective, responsible for all aspects of keeping the peace and for discove Long before Western writers had even conceived the idea of writing detective stories, the Chinese had developed a long tradition of literary works that chronicled the cases of important district magistrates. As "fathers to the people" they were at once judge and detective, responsible for all aspects of keeping the peace and for discovering, capturing, and punishing criminals.