“Kneeling by the Pond” is an episode in “The Lioness’ Roar”, a well-known 30-scene comedy of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It tells the story of a jealous, abusive wife, Liu Shi. Her subdued husband, Chen Ji-chang, would never dare to take a concubine or even enjoy happy moments with other women. Chen seeks help everywhere without much success, just to find a husband who is as henpecked as he is.
Su Dong-po wants to show that Liu Shi has no right to mistreat her husband, so he devises a scheme to prove his point. Su invites his friend, Chen Ji-chang, to a spring outing with a beautiful cousin attending. The revel is discovered by Chen’s wife, Liu Shi, a very beautiful but extremely jealous and ill-tempered woman.
In this episode, the audience can enjoy the comic scene of how Liu Shi punishes her henpecked husband. After Chen returns from his outing, she scolds Chen and makes him confess his disloyalty. In addition to beating and cursing her husband, she orders him to kneel in the courtyard by the side of the pond.