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疑而弗留亦宜牽臂而出則不宜
手為人所執实不宜以是而斬手亦宜

王凝之妻
王凝之妻,李氏之女也,凝家青齊之間,為虢州司戸
参軍,以疾卒於官,凝家素貧,一子尚幼,李氏携其子,
負遺骸以歸,東過開封,止旅,舍旅,舍主人,見其婦人,
獨携一子,而疑之,不許其宿,李氏顧天已暮,不肯去,
主人牽其臂而出之,李氏仰天長慟曰,我為婦人,不
能守節,而此手為人執耶,不可以一手并污吾身,即
引斧自斷其臂,路人見者環聚而嗟之,或為之弹指,
或為之泣下,開封尹聞之,白其事于朝,官為賜藥封
瘡,厚恤李氏,而笞其主人,君子謂王凝之妻,潔而不

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