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Theory:

  Many years ago, China was in the  middle of a great war. The Emperor said  that one man from each Chinese family  must leave his family to join the army.  Mulan, a teenage girl who lived in a  faraway village of China, heard the news  when she was outside, washing clothes.
 
     Mulan ran into the house. Her father  was sitting in a chair, carving a piece of  wood. “Father!” she said. “Did you hear  what the Emperor says each family must  do?”
 
“Yes,” said her old father, “I heard  about it in town. Well, I may as well go  pack up.” He put down his carving, stood  up and walked very slowly to his room.
 
     “Wait!” said Mulan, “Father, you  have not been well. If I may say so, why at  your age must you keep up with all those  young men?”
 
     “What else can be done?” said her  father. “Your brother is a child. He cannot  go.”
 
“Of course that's true,” said Mulan.  “He is too little. But I have an idea.” She  poured her father a cup of tea and handed  it to him. “Father, have some tea. Please sit  for a minute. I will be right back.”
 
     "Very well, dear," said the father.
 
     Mulan went into her room. With her  sword, she cut off her long, black hair. She  put on her father’s robe. Going back to  her father, Mulan said, “Look at me. I am  your son now. I will go in your place. I  will do my part for China.”
 
“No, my daughter!” said the old man.  “You cannot do this!”
 
     “Father, listen please," said Mulan. “For years, you trained me in Kung Fu.  You showed me how to use a sword.”  Mulan swung the sword back and forth  with might.
 
     “Only so that you could stay safe!”  said her father. “I never meant for you  to go to war. If they find out you are a woman, you know as well as I do that you  will die!”
 
“No one will find out, Father,” said  Mulan. She picked up her sword.
 
"Mulan!" said the Father. He tried to  get up but had to hold on to his chair.
 
The daughter kissed him goodbye. "I  love you, Father," she said. "Take care of  yourself. Tell my brother I said goodbye."  She climbed on a family horse. And off  she went to join the Emperor’s army.
 
In the army, Mulan proved to be  a brave soldier. In time, she was put in  charge of other soldiers. Her battles went  so well that she was put in charge of more  soldiers. Her battles kept on going well.  After a few years Mulan was given the top  job – she would be General of the entire  army.
 
Not long after that, a very bad fever  swept through the army. Many soldiers  were sick. And Mulan, the General of the  army, became sick, too.
 
When the doctor came out of Mulan's  tent, he knew the truth.
 
“The General is a woman?” yelled  the soldiers. “How can this be?” Some  called out, “She tricked us!” and “We will  not fight for a woman!” They said, “Punish  her! Make her pay! The cost is for her to  die!” But others called out, in voices just as loud, “With Mulan, we win every battle!”  They said, “Stay away from our General!”
 
Just then, a soldier ran up.  “Everyone!" he called. "A surprise attack  is coming!”
 
Mulan heard this from inside her  tent. She got dressed and went outside.  She was not yet strong, but stood tall. She  told the soldiers where they must go to  hide so they could attack when the enemy  came. But they must get there fast! The  soldiers, even those who did not like that  their General was a woman, could tell that  Mulan knew what she was talking about.
 
It worked! The battle was won. It was  such a big victory that the enemy gave up,  at last. The war was over, and China was  saved! You can be sure that after that last  battle, no one cared anymore that Mulan  was a woman.
 
The Emperor was so glad that Mulan  had ended the long war, he set aside the  rule about being a woman. “Mulan, stay  with me in the palace,” he said. “Someone  as smart as you would be a fine royal  adviser.”
 
Mulan bowed deeply. “You are too  kind, Sire,” she said. “But if you please,  what I wish most of all is to return home to my family.”
 
“Then at least take these fine gifts,”  said the Emperor. "So everyone at your  home and village will know how much the  Emperor of China thinks of you.”
 
Mulan returned to her village with six  fine horses and six fine swords. Everyone  cheered that she was safe. The person  who had saved China was their very own  Mulan!
Reference:
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2018). English Standard-10. The Story of Mulan (pp. 88 & 89). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation