As the farmer hear the king’s announcement, he knew that his wife was captured in the royal palace. He decided to go there, taking along the gigantic onions from his backyard. As he walked back and forth in front of the palace, he sang out loudly: “Leaves as long as shoulder poles; Bulbs as big as lime pots; Who buys my onions; Please love me more.”
As his song came to her ears, the wife became more cheerful and she asked the maid to get the man who sold the onions. As soon as she saw him, she began to smile brightly. The king was overjoyed to see the woman’s bright smile and he thought that the giant onions were something fun for her. Thus an idea flashed through his mind: he would disguise as the seller of these onions to please his lady.
He told the farmer: “Lay the load of onions down and take off your cloths.”The king took off his imperial clothes for the farmer and put on the farmer’s clothes. He also ordered the farmer to teach him the song. Then he carried the onions with a shoulder pole, walking back and forth in front of the beautiful woman, and singing the farmer’s song. Seeing him in disguise, the woman started to laugh loudly, so the king was eager to satisfy his lady, acting more in excitement. Suddenly, the woman turned to her maid and asked her to release a heard of dogs. The dogs found the king with a strange appearance and thought that he was a stranger. So they chased and bit him to death. The farmer’s wife urged her husband to sit onto the throne and acted as the king. As the farmer sat down, hundreds of mandarins and maids bowed to him. Since then, he became the king and they lived happily ever after.