The Soul of the Great Bell (Short Story)

The Soul of the Great Bell is a Chinese folk tale, later written as a short story by Lafcadio Hearn. The Chinese emperor demands that a bell maker produce a special bell that will be heard for 100 miles, or he will kill the bell maker. The man's daughter learns that only if a pure maiden is sacrificed will the bell be forged, and gives her life to save her father.