Chu was blind, but as the daughter of wealth she was permitted to live. By the fifth year of her life her talent as musician and singer became evident, and her father congratulated himself on having the foresight not to kill the child.
When she was twenty, her songs brought her to the attention of the emperor, who brought her to court and had her play to him every night before he slept.
His fifteenth son courted Chu with politics in his eyes.
She refused him
Instead she married a humble scribe, who described for her the colours of peonies.