Groom’s Chaperone Suffers Humiliation
This tale narrates the story of a man who accompanied a groom as chaperone to his wedding, suffering humiliation for his drunken mishaps.
A long time ago there lived two brothers, the older of which drank too much. One day their cousin was scheduled to be married and the older brother was asked to serve as the groom’s chaperone and accompany him to the wedding ceremony, held at the bride’s home. The older brother had promised not to drink, but when the in-laws kept offering him drinks, in the end he got drunk and relieved himself in his pants, staining them with his feces. So the servants pull his pants off and threw them out in the yard, where the dog tore them up. The chaperone, who had fallen asleep naked, woke up in the middle of the night to urinate, and this time fell asleep in a room where women were sleeping. When the women noticed him and screamed, he ran into the room where he had been sleeping, where he found a child asleep and took the child’s pants and put them on himself. When morning arrived, the chaperone got ready to leave as fast as possible, his donkey tied right outside the room, but the child woke up and began crying about his missing pants. The chaperone tried to jump on his donkey, but the tight pants made him fall, which the child saw and yelled that the man was wearing his pants, the chaperone running off by foot.
Variations of this tale feature the groom’s uncle accompanying the groom on his first visit to the in- laws’ after the wedding (huhaeng). In some versions, the chaperone takes off his pants voluntarily because it is too hot in the room, and he wakes up in the middle of the night because of thirst. In some cases, the chaperone puts on a pair of women’s bloomers (gojaengi), which produces the comic effect of revealing his penis.
This tale is a departure from the foolish groom narrative, featuring the chaperone as the protagonist and set against the custom of the groom’s visit to his in-laws.