Empress Wu Zetian of the Tang Dynasty appointed a group of cruel officials in order to suppress those who opposed her. Two of them are the most vicious. One is Zhou Xing and the other is Lai Junchen. They killed many honest civil and military officials and civilians by making use of false accusations, accusations and inhuman criminal law.
Once, an informer letter was sent to Wu Zetian. The content was to accuse Zhou Xing of contacting people for rebellion. Wu Zetian was furious and ordered Lai Junchen to investigate the matter. Lai Junchen kept muttering in his heart. He thought that Zhou Xing was a cunning and treacherous man. He couldn’t tell the truth with only an informant letter; But if the result is not found out, the Empress Dowager will blame it. I can’t afford it. What can I do? After thinking hard for a long time, I finally came up with a clever plan.
He prepared a sumptuous banquet and invited Zhou Xing to his home. Two people, you advise me to drink and talk while drinking. After three rounds of drinking, Minister Lai Jun sighed and said, “brother, I usually handle cases. I often encounter some prisoners who don’t plead guilty. What can I do, man?” Zhou Xing said proudly, “it’s not easy to do!” Then he picked up his glass and took a sip. Lai Junchen immediately pretended to be very sincere and said, “Oh, please teach me quickly.” Zhou Xing smiled and said, “you find a big urn, heat it around with charcoal fire, and then let the prisoner enter the urn. You find a big urn, heat it around with charcoal fire, and then let the prisoner enter the urn. Think about it, what other prisoners don’t confess?” Lai Junchen nodded and said yes. Then he ordered someone to carry a big urn, light charcoal fire around as Zhou Xing said, and then turned back to Zhou Xing and said, “someone in the palace told you about your rebellion. I was ordered to investigate it carefully. Sorry, please get into the urn by yourself now. ” As soon as Zhou Xing heard this, the wine cup in his hand fell to the ground, then fell to his knees with a plop, kowtowed repeatedly and said, “I’m guilty, I’m guilty, I confess.”
The meaning of inviting a gentleman into the urn is: it is a metaphor for using someone’s way to punish others to punish himself.