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Chuang Tzu's Story: duke of Zan caught a huge fish (任公子钓大鱼)
03-20-2011, 06:28 PM
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Chuang Tzu's Story: duke of Zan caught a huge fish (任公子钓大鱼)
I read a story in the book of Zhuangzi and here I like to share with people for entertainment and understanding. People can find the story in chapter 26 of Zhuangzi:

A son of the duke of Zan, having provided himself with a great hook, a powerful black line, and fifty steers to be used as bait, squatted down on (mount) Kwâi Khî, and threw the line into the Eastern Sea. Morning after morning he angled thus, and for a whole year caught nothing. At the end of that time, a great fish swallowed the bait, and dived down, dragging the great hook with him. Then it rose to the surface in a flurry, and flapped with its fins, till the white waves rose like hills, and the waters were lashed into fury. The noise was like that of imps and spirits, and spread terror for a thousand lî. The prince having got such a fish, cut it in slices and dried them. From the Keh river to the east, and from Tshang-wû to the north, there was not one who did not eat his full from that fish; and in subsequent generations, story-tellers of small abilities have all repeated the story to one another with astonishment. (But) if the prince had taken his rod, with a fine line, and gone to pools and ditches, and watched for minnows and gobies, it would have been difficult for him to get a large fish. Those who dress up their small tales to obtain favour with the magistrates are far from being men of great understanding; and therefore one who has not heard the story of this scion of Zan is not fit to take any part in the government of the world;-- far is he from being so'.


任公子为大钩巨缁,五十犗以为饵,蹲于会稽,投竿东海,旦旦而钓,期年不得鱼。已而大鱼食之,牵巨钩,錎没而下,骛扬而奋鬐,白波若山,海水震荡,声侔鬼神,惮赫千里。任公子得若鱼,离而腊之,自制河以东,苍梧已北,莫不厌若鱼者。已而后世辁才讽说之徒,皆惊而相告也。夫揭竿累,趣灌渎,守鲵鲋,其于得大鱼难矣!饰小说以干县令,其于大达​亦远矣,是以未尝闻任氏之风俗,其不可与经于世亦远矣。

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