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"According to this [tradition about Jin Ping Mei], Wang sent [Yen] the manuscript as a gift, after rubbing grains of poison into the corner of each page so that Yen would slowly ingest them when he wet his finger in his mouth to turn the pages. Yen is said to have read voraciously to the end -- and then dropped dead." [1]

"The King opened the book, and found the leaves stuck together; so he put his finger to his mouth and, by moistening it, he easily turned over the first leaf, and in like way the second, and the third, each leaf opening with much trouble; and when he had unstuck six leaves he looked over them and, finding nothing written thereon, said, "O physician, there is no writing here!" Duban replied, "Turn over yet more;" and he turned over three others in the same way. Now the book was poisoned; and before long the venom penetrated his system, and he fell into strong convulsions and he cried out, "The poison hath done its work!" --"The tale of the vizier and the Sage Duban"

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The "poisoned page" theme of The Name of the Rose is found in the classic Chinese novel, Jin Ping Mei, and in the Duban story of One Thousand and One Nights.

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