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The Vigil by the Tree Stump
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The vigil by the tree stump

In the state of Song there was a farmer in whose fields stood a tree stump. A hare, which was running very fast, dashed against the stump and died, having broken its neck. So the farmer abandoned his plough and waited by the tree stump, hoping to get another hare. He did not get his hare but became a laughing stock in the state of Song.


株 tree stump

待 waiting for

兔 hair

农民 farmer

田地 field

树桩 tree stump

脖子 neck

荒废 abandon

耕作 plough

笑柄 laughing stick



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