Literature: Young Beichan
Young Beichan is Child Ballad #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 Tales such as Snow-White-Fire-Red, and parts of it feature in many more, such as The Love of Three Oranges and The White Dove.Full text, with all of Francis Child's variants, here.
Tropes included (in at least one variant)
- Blue Blood: The hero
- Cold-Blooded Torture: The hero sometimes suffers this in prison.
- Cool Boat: Sometimes used to reach him in time.
- Cool Horse: the heroine may give him one when he escapes
- Distressed Dude: The hero
- Fairest of Them All: 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.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Despite Doing In the Wizard, still recognizable.
- Old Retainer: A household sprite sometimes alerts the heroine.
- The Promise: To marry.
- Rule of Seven: In some, he must return before seven years are up to marry her.
- Swarm of Rats: In prison.
- You Have Waited Long Enough: Directed at the man, for once.