There was a man, naturally sluggish of understanding and illiterate, met a well-bred friend on the way, who said: ” Where do you go? “
This idiot, when he heard this question, could not understand it at all, nor answer the question. He then kept the two words- ” Ho Wan ” in his mind. He asked other people what these words meant.
As everyone knew that he was an idiot, they wished to make a fool of him and told him these two words form an insolent term.
When he heard of this, he became very angry.
The man who told him the above ran away as soon as they parted company.
The next day he again met the friend, who again asked him the same question: “Brother, where do you go?”
The idiot angrily replied: ” I am not Ho Wan; you still want Ho Wan.”
Translation: Y. T. Woo. , 1909, from ‘Chinese merry tales’ by Woo, Y. T, 1909 (The American Presbyterian Mission Press)
Featured image: Sheep And Goat, Zhao Mengfu, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), detail
China-underground.com includes thousands of articles on news, Chinese history, Chinese art, Chinese literature , China pictures gallery, videos, and Chinese cinema.
- The Renmin University of China Business School's Executive Education Programme Ranks First in Asia and 11th Globally in the 2020 FT Executive Education Rankings
- Pro-democracy protesters gathering in malls across Hong Kong chanting slogans as riot police quash plans to hold a march before it began
- Japan puts out a list of 518 companies subject to tighter foreign ownership rules to counter risks from China and foreign speculators