Formerly there lived in the province
of Cholla, in the town of Namwon, a magistrate's son named Yi Mong-Yong. He
had much literary talent, and grew up to be a handsome young man.
One beautiful morning, Master Yi Mong-Yong called his servant, Pangja, and
asked him to show him a place where he might see wild flowers. Pangja led
him to a summer pavilion near a bridge called "Ojak-kyo," or the "Magpie Bridge."
The view from the bridge was as beautiful as the summer sky, and thus was
named after the tale of the Herdboy and the Weaving Maid.
Looking at the distant mountains, Yi Mong-Yong caught sight of a young maiden
swinging beneath one of the trees. He asked Pangja about the lovely maiden
and her attendant. He replied that she was Ch'unhyang (Spring Fragrance),
a daughter of Wolmae (Moon Plum), the retired kisaeng
entertainer. Pangja related to his young master that this young girl was not
only beautiful but also virtuous. Yi Mong-Yong insisted that Pangja inform
Ch'unhyang that he wished to meet her.
"Don't you know the butterfly must pursue the flower, and the geese must seek
the sea?" retorted Ch'unhyang.
The wind blew back her hair and long ribbon over her rosy face, and she glowed
with virtue and happiness. "This good fortune is offered me today. Why wait
until tomorrow? Should I not speak to this pretty girl now?" Yi Mong-Yong said