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The Selections From Records of the Taiping Era

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Author: Li Fang;
Language: Chinese, English
Format: 20.8 x 14 x 2.6 cm
Page: 593
Publication Date: 06/2016
ISBN: 9787119099804
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麒麟客者,南阳张茂实客佣仆也。茂实家于华山下。唐大中初,偶游洛中,假仆于南市,得一人焉。其名日王复,年可四十余,佣作之直月五百,勤干无私,出于深诚,苟有可为,不待指使。茂实器之,易其名日大历。将倍其直,固辞,其家益怜之。
居五年,计酬直尽,一旦辞茂实曰:“复本居山,家业不薄,适与厄会,须佣作以禳之,固非无资而卖力者。今厄尽矣,请从此辞。”茂实不测其言,不敢留,听之去。日暮,人白茂实曰:“感君恩宥,深欲奉报。复家去此甚近,其中景趣,
The Kylin Rider
Thefe was once a servant of Zhang Maoshi,a native of Nanyang Pfefecture,who lived at the foot of Mount Hua,
The servant was hired from the south mafket of the east Capital Luoyang during Zhang's visit there in the first year of Dazhong reign of the Tang Dynasty.This man,whose name was Wang Xiong,was in his forties,and he agreed to work for a mere five hundred coins a month.He was an earnest and diligent man.Furthermore,he seemed to take delight in working and never waited to be told what to do.Zhang liked him so much that he offered to double his pay,but that was decLined.This made the Zhangs hold lum in even higher regard.
At the end of the fifth year,however,aftef settling accounts,Wang told his master that he would l_ike to quit.He had Lived quite well—off in the mountains,he explained,but in the face of an impending twist of fate,he had to apply himself to hard manual labor in order to avert it.In this way he was unlike those deprived laborers who worked for pay Now that misfortune had been warded off,it was time for him to go home,Mystified by the story,Zhang didn't venture to stop him.
The Selections From Records of the Taiping Era
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