Though Tei Ran (or Ding Lan in the Chinese tale) was young when he lost his parents, he longed to serve them like a good filial son. As an adult, he approached a woodworker with a piece of fine-quality wood, requesting a pair of statues of his late parents. Tei Ran placed the statues on an altar in his home. Each day he twice bowed, burned incense, and asked after the statues. One day, bored of the daily ritual, his wife pricked one of the figures with a needle. To her shock, the wooden hand bled. When Tei Ran returned home that day, he saw tears in the eyes of the statue and the blood on its hand. When his wife admitted what she had done, Tei Ran was furious and demanded divorce.