Story 1 Adding Eyes to a Dragon
Mr. Li was a good painter. One day, he drew a beautiful dragon without eyes.
Mr. Zhou looked at the picture and said, “The dragon has no eyes. It isn't a good picture.”
But Mr. Li smiled and said, “If I add eyes to the dragon, it will fly away.” Mr. Zhou shook head and said, “You are boasting. I don't believe you.”
Mr. Li wasn’t angry. He held the paintbrush and added eyes to the dragon. Whoa! The dragon really flied.
故事 1 画龙点睛
Story 2 Dong Shi Knits Her Brows in Imitation
Xi Shi was a famous beauty of the State of Yue during the Spring and Autumn Period.
Among Xi Shi's neighbors, there was a very ugly woman whom everyone disliked and called “Dong Shi” .
Dong Shi was very jealous of Xi Shi's beauty, but there was nothing she could do about it. She could only imitate Xi Shi in every way.
One day, Xi Shi suffered from cardiodynia, and called a doctor for treatment. Having taken the medicine, Xi Shi went out of her house for a stroll. After taking a few steps, she felt a spasm of pain in her heart. Quickly pressing her bosom, she sat down with knitted brows in a chair in the garden.
Dong Shi saw Xi Shi after long expectation, but she didn't know Xi Shi was ill. She only felt that Xi Shi looked exceptionally beautiful that day. Therefore, she imitated Xi Shi by pressing her bosom and deliberately knitting her brows to attract people's attention.
Seeing her ugly and grotesque appearance, all the passers-by gave her a wide berth.
Story 3 Covering One's Ears While Stealing a Bell
Mr. Wang thought he was clever, but he always did foolish things.
One day he saw a beautiful bell at the top of a door. “Oh! How nice! I will take it home.” He thought, “What can I do?” After a while he had a“good” idea. “Aha! I have an idea now. I can plug my ears. Then I will not hear the ring when I take off the bell.”
Then he did so. But as soon as he took off the bell, the owner opened the door. “What are you doing?” the owner said angrily.
Story 4 Lord Ye's Love of the Dragon
There was a young man, Lord Ye. He liked dragons very much. He drew many dragons in his house. The house became a world of dragon.
A red dragon heard of Lord Ye, and was deeply moved. He wanted to visit Lord Ye and made a friend with him.
“Hi, Mr. Ye! Nice to meet you,” the real dragon came to visit Mr. Ye. But Mr. Ye ran away as fast as he can.”Oh, my God! Help! Help!” he ran and shouted.”
故事 4 叶公好龙
Story 5 Look at the Sky from the Bottom of a Well
There was a frog. He lived in a well and he never went out of the well. He thought the sky was as big as the mouth of the well.
One day a crow came to the well. He saw the frog and said, “Frog, let's have a talk.” Then the frog asked, “Where are you from?”“I fly from the sky,” the crow said. The frog felt surprised and said, “The sky is only as big as the mouth of the well. How do you fly from the sky?”
The crow said, “The sky is very big. You always stay in the well, so you don't know the world is big.”
Frog said, “I don't believe.” But the crow said, “You can come out and have a look by yourself.”
So the frog came out from the well. He was very surprised. How big the world is!