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Chi Hsing Tzu was a trainer of
fighting cocks for King Hsuan.
He was training a fine bird.
The king kept asking
if the bird was ready for combat.

“Not yet”, said the trainer.
“He is full of fire.
He is ready to pick a fight
with every other bird.
He is vain and confident
of his own strength.”

After ten days he answered again,
“Not yet. He flares up
when he hears another bird crow.”

After ten more days,
“Not yet. He still gets that angry look
and ruffles his feathers.”

Again ten days.
The trainer said,
“Now he is nearly ready.
When another bird crows,
his eyes don’t even flicker.
He stands immobile like a block of wood.
He is a mature fighter.
Other birds will take one look at him and run.”

纪渻子为王养斗鸡。
十日而问:“鸡已乎?”曰:“未也,方虚憍而恃气。”
十日又问,曰:“未也,犹应向景。”
十日又问,曰:“未也。犹疾视而盛气。”
十日又问,曰:“几矣。鸡虽有鸣者,已无变矣,望之似木鸡矣,其德异全
矣,异鸡无敢应者,反走矣。”
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