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[[caption-width-right:337:In prison]]

'''''Young Beichan''''' is Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} #53, collected in several variants, in which the hero's name, the heroine's, and the location where they meet vary a lot.

The plot, however, does not. The hero is thrown into a dungeon in a far country. His captor's daughter frees him, and he pledges to marry her. On returning home, however, he is forced to marry. She arrives in time to stop the wedding.

This is the plot of many {{Fairy Tale}}s such as ''Literature/SnowWhiteFireRed'', and parts of it feature in many more, such as ''Literature/TheLoveOfThreeOranges'' and ''Literature/TheWhiteDove''.

Full text, with all of Francis Child's variants, [[http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/child/ch053.htm here.]]
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!!Tropes included (in at least one variant)
* BlueBlood: The hero
* ColdBloodedTorture: The hero sometimes suffers this in prison.
* CoolBoat: Sometimes used to reach him in time.
* CoolHorse: the heroine may give him one when he escapes
* DistressedDude: The hero
* FairestOfThemAll: When the heroine arrives, the porter declares her the most beautiful woman he ever saw. The bride's mother is miffed: if he did not except the bride, he might have excepted ''her''.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Despite DoingInTheWizard, still recognizable.
* OldRetainer: A household sprite sometimes alerts the heroine.
* ThePromise: To marry.
* RuleOfSeven: In some, he must return before seven years are up to marry her.
* SwarmOfRats: In prison.
* YouHaveWaitedLongEnough: Directed at the man, for once.
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