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Ancient Chinese Fables

FOREWORD

THE TOMTIT AND THE GIANT ROC

THE OINTMENT FOR CHAPPED HANDS

THE BIRD KILLED BY KINDNESS

LEARNING THE WRONG THING

THE ART OF CARVING DRAGONS

HOW TWO SHEPHERD BOYS LOST THEIR SHEEP

THE FROG IN THE WELL

THE CARP IN THE DRY RUT

THREE CHESTNUTS OR FOUR

SUSPICION

FELLING THE PLANE TREE

HOW THE FOOL MOVED MOUNTAINS

THE TITLE-DEED LOST ON THE ROAD

THE MAN WHO SAW NOBODY

PRESENTING DOVES

TOO MANY PATHS

THE PRINCE AND HIS BOW

PAINTING GHOSTS

IVORY CHOPSTICKS

THE DOG WHO SOURED WINE

WHY TSENG SHEN KILLED THE PIG

THE MAN WHO PRETENDED HE COULD PLAY REED PIPES

THE MAN WHO SOLD SPEARS AND SHIELDS

THE CRUMBLING WALL

A RECIPE FOR IMMORTALITY

WAITING FOR A HARE TO TURN UP

BUYING A PAIR OF SHOES

SELLING THE CASKET WITHOUT THE PEARLS

HOW TWO WATER SNAKES MOVED HOUSE

THE BOW AND THE ARROW

THE CONCEITED COACHMAN

THE LORD WHO LOVED DRAGONS

THE CHICKEN THIEF

HELPING YOUNG SHOOTS TO GROW

LEARNING TO PLAY DRAUGHTS

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIFTY YARDS AND A HUNDRED

THE SNIPE AND THE MUSSEL

THE FOX WHO PROFITED BY THE TIGER'S MIGHT

THE RUMOUR ABOUT TSENG SHEN

THE WRONG DIRECTION

DRAWING A SNAKE WITH LEGS

BORROWING THE LIGHT

WHICH WAS THE MORE HANDSOME

BUYING A GOOD HORSE

THE CLAY FIGURE AND THE WOODEN IMAGE

MARKING THE BOAT TO LOCATE THE SWORD

STEALING THE BELL

THE SON OF A GOOD SWIMMER

PUNISHING THE HORSE

THE CLEVER OLD WOMAN

LAMENTING A MOTHER'S DEATH

THE BLIND MAN AND THE LAME MAN

WHO DESERVED THE PLACE OF HONOUR

THE OWL MOVES HIS HOUSE

THE USE OF PARABLES

A PARABLE ON STUDY

THE CICADA, THE PRAYING MANTIS AND THE SPARROW

THE DRAGON WHO CHANGED INTO A FISH

ON WEARING ARMOUR

THE FUR AND THE HIDE

THE REFLECTION OF THE BOW

THE PIG WITH THE WHITE HEAD

THE HOLY EEL


Ancient Chinese Fables

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FOREWORD

CHANG YU-LUAN

In ancient Chinese literature we find many fables. They have lived on for hundreds of years in men's hearts and, constantly on their lips, have become a precious part of our national heritage.

The golden age of Chinese fables was during the third and the fourth century B.C.

This was the era in Chinese history usually known as the Warring States Period, when society was undergoing rapid changes. Influenced by the spirit of the age, many different schools of thought flourished, resulting in great advances in culture and philosophy. The heritage of the past was studied, summarized, and recorded for posterity, and in these records some of the best and oldest fables were preserved.

Many works dating from the Warring