Arbalète magique (Trong Thủy Mỵ Châu)

English version

Grâce à l’arbalète  magique offerte par un génie, le roi An Dương Vương arriva à défaire l’armée chinoise. Ne pouvant lutter à armes égales avec ce dernier, le général chinois Triệu Ðà (Zhao Tuo) dut faire la paix et dépêcha son fils Trọng Thủy à la cour de Âu-Lạc en gage de bonnes relations entre les deux pays. Trọng Thủy arriva à conquérir le cœur de la fille du roi An Dương Vương et devint ainsi le conseiller intime du roi. Malgré l’affection et l’amour qu’il portait à sa femme Mỵ Châu, il ne perdait pas de vue la mission dont l’avait investi son père: neutraliser l’arme magique qui permettait d’assurer la suprématie du roi An Dương Vương.
Cet engin miraculeux était bien gardé dans un endroit connu seulement par le roi et sa fille. Celle-ci, après maintes demandes insistantes de Trọng Thủy, lui montra cette arme magique dont la gâchette était constituée par une griffe de la Tortue d’Or.

Profitant d’un moment d’inattention de la princesse, Trọng Thủy réussit à décrocher la griffe de la Tortue d’Or et à la remplacer par une imitation similaire. Puis, peu de temps après, il prétexta la mauvaise santé de son père et demanda au roi de lui permettre de rentrer dans son pays. Avant son départ, il demanda à sa femme “Comment nous retrouver en cas de séparation brusquée?”. “Tu peux me repérer facilement car en cas d’urgence, je jetterai sur mon passage, les duvets blancs de mon manteau, lui répondit-elle.
Ayant convaincu que l’arme magique ne possédait plus les vertus dévastatrices, le général chinois se lança à l’attaque du royaume Âu-Lac. Toujours confiant en la puissance de son arc magique, le roi An Dương Vương alla chercher son arme pour détruire les ennemis. Ayant constaté que l’arme était détraquée, le roi prit la fuite en sautant sur son cheval et en emmenant sa fille en croupe en direction de la mer. Arrivé près du rivage, il s’écria “Génie de la Tortue d’Or, venez à mon secours”. Celui-ci apparut aussitôt et pointa son index vers le roi en disant ” L’ennemi est derrière vous, sur la croupe du cheval”.

Le roi se retourna, vit sa fille avec la traînée de plumes blanches semées sur la route qu’il avait suivie. Furieux, il sortit son épée, tua Mỵ Châu et suivit le génie de la Tortue d’Or dans la mer. Guidé par les plumes d’oie, Trọng-Thủy vit le corps de sa femme morte sur la plage. Le sang qui s’en échappait fut ingurgité par des huîtres et se transforma en des perles. Désespéré, Trọng-Thủy ramena le corps de sa femme à Cổ-Loa et se suicida en se jetant dans un puits près de la tombe de Mỵ Châu.

Version anglaise

Thanks to the magic bow given by a genius, king An Dương Vương succeeded in defeating the Chinese army. Not being able to fight in weapons on the same footing with his army, general Triệu Ðà had to make peace and send his son Trọng Thủy to the court of Âu Lạc  to secure a good relationship between the two countries. Trọng Thủy succeeded in winning the heart of king An Dương Vương’s daughter and so became the close adviser to the king. Despite of the affection and love he brought to his wife, Trọng Thủy did not lose sight of his mission vested in him by his father: neutralize the magic weapon that helped assure king An Dương Vương supremacy. This miraculous device was well guarded at a place known only by the king and his daughter. The latter, after many insistences of Trọng Thủy, showed him the magic weapon whose the trigger was made of the Golden Turtle’s claw. Taking advantage of a moment of inattention of the princess, Trọng Thủy succeeded in unhooking the Golden Turtle’s claw and replace it with an imitation. Then, shortly after that, using his father’s ill health as a pretext he asked the king for permission to return to his country.

Before his departure, he asked his wife ” How could we find each other in case of a sudden separation?”. “You could find me easily in emergency, I will throw on my way the goose down of my coat”, she replied to him.

Convinced that the magic weapon no longer possessed its devastating quality, the Chinese general launched offensive attacks on kingdom Âu Lạc. Always confident in the power of his magic bow, king An Dương Vương went for his weapon to destroy his enemy. Realizing that the weapon had been detracted, the king fled on horseback taking his daughter with him behind, in the direction of the sea. Arriving near the shore, he called out :” God of Golden Turtle, please come for help!”. The god appeared at once and pointing his index finger at the king he said “The enemy is behind you, on the back of your horse”.

The king looked back, saw his daughter with a trail of white feathers scattered on the road he had taken. Furious, he pulled out his sword, killed Mỵ Châu and followed the god of Golden Turtle to the sea. Guided by the goose down, Trọng Thủy found the body of his wife, dead on the beach. The blood that flowed down was swallowed by oysters and turned into pearls. Desperate, Trọng Thủy took his wife’s body to Cổ Loa and committed suicide by jumping in a well near the tomb of Mỵ Châu.

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