So he threw caution to the winds and went out of the city.

“Whom do I fear?” said Lu Bu.

So he threw caution to the winds and went out of the city. He met his foes and he began to revile them. The redoubtable Xu Chu went to fight with him, but after twenty bouts neither combatant was any the worse.

“He is not the sort that one man can overcome,” said Cao Cao.

And he sent Dian Wei to attack Lu Bu from another direction. Lu Bu stood the double onslaught. Soon after the flank commanders joined in——Xiahou Dun and Xiahou Yuan attacking the left; Li Dian and Yue Jing surrounding the right. Lu Bu had six opponents. These proved really too many for him so he turned his horse and rode back to the city.

  But when the members of the Tian family saw him coming back beaten, they raised the drawbridge.

  Lu Bu shouted, “Open the gates! Let me in!”

  But the Tians said, “We have gone over to Cao Cao!”

  This was hard to hear and the beaten man abused them roundly before he left. Chen Gong got away through the east gate taking with him the general’s family.

  Thus Puyang came into Cao Cao’s hands, and for their present services the Tian family were pardoned their previous fault.

  However, Liu Ye said, “Lu Bu is a savage beast. If let alive, he will be a GREat danger. Hunt him down!”

  Liu Ye was ordered to keep Puyang. Wherefore Cao Cao determined to follow Lu Bu to Dingtao whither he had gone for refuge.

Lu Bu, Zhang Miao, and Zhang Chao were assembled in the city. Gao Shun and other generals were out foraging. Cao Cao army arrived but did not attack for many days, and presently he withdrew fifteen miles and made a stockade. It was the time of harvest, and he set his soldiers to cut the wheat for food.

The spies reported this to Lu Bu who came over to see.

But when he saw that Cao Cao’s stockade lay near a thick wood,

he feared an ambush and retired.

Cao Cao heard that Lu Bu had come and gone and guessed the reason.

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