Born during the Tang Dynasty, Su Wei-tao was able to write essays by the tender age of nine. When he was just 20, he successfully passed the imperial examinations and took a personnel post in the civil service. After assuming the throne, the empress Wu Tse-t’ien appointed him as her prime minister. In order to
During the Warring States Period, a man called Yueh Yang found a piece of gold one day and happily brought it home. His wife was less than pleased, not knowing where it came from, so Yueh Yang returned the gold to the spot where he had found it. Afterwards, Yueh Yang went away to study.
Once upon a time, two children walking through the forest chanced upon an archer who had just shot a bull’s-eye. The children, very impressed with his feat, implored him to give them another show of his marksmanship. The archer nodded his head, declaring that he would shoot an arrow through a willow leaf at a
During the Spring and Autumn Period in the kingdom of Yueh, there lived a beautiful maiden named Hsi-shih. Every day she would wash cloth by the river, and such was her beauty that it embarrassed the fish, who would dive to the bottom in her presence. On another occasion, in order to avoid war, Emperor