Jìn.1.2

Jìn.1.2 - Jn 1:02 Recorder S Predicts...

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Jìn 1:02 Recorder Sū Predicts That Lord Xiàn’s Attack Upon the Lí Róng Will Be Victorious But Unlucky Summary: Recorder Sū interprets the tortoise shell and predicts an unlucky victory over the Lí Róng. Lord Xiàn wins his victory, makes Lí Jī (a captured Róng maiden) his consort, and scoffs at the prediction of ill luck. In a discussion with a few other officers, Recorder Sū predicts that Lí Jī will destroy Jìn, just as Méi Xī, Dá J , and Bāo Sì destroyed the Xià, Shāng, and Western Zhōu. ǐ Guō Y n, however, predicts that the disorders created by Lí Jī, though severe, will not result in ǎ the destruction of Jìn. He turns out to be correct. Lord Xiàn 1 had a divination made concerning his attack upon the Lí Róng ì . 2 Recorder Sū ì interpreted the signs and said, “It will be victorious but unlucky.” “How do you explain that?” asked Lord Xiàn. “The omen we have obtained,” he replied, “goes as follows: ‘Pressed tight, a bone carried in the mouth, the molars and incisors all at odds.’ The Róng and the Xià 3 crisscross each other, meaning that both will be victorious—that is why it is worded thus. The mouth is to be feared. Some people will be carried back, and the state will have a change of heart because of it.” “How could a mouth have anything to do with it!” exclaimed Lord Xiàn. “Mouths depend on me. Who will dare advocate what I do not accept?” “If the carrying back is accomplished,” answered Recorder Sū, “there will be a gladly welcomed arrival. If mouths speak well and their nature is not known, how can they be stopped?” Lord Xiàn did not heed this warning, but attacked and conquered the Lí Róng. He captured Lí Jī ì , brought her back, and bestowed great favor on her, making her his chief consort. He held a wine banquet for his officers at which he had the master of ceremonies fill Recorder Sū’s goblet and said, “I shall have you drink, but not partake of delicacies. You 1 Prince Gu Zhū ǐ ǎ , the son of Jìn W -gōng. He reigned from 676 to 652. ǔ 2 A branch of the Western Róng who lived in the vicinity of Lí mountain ì . Their chief was a baron ( nán ì ) and bore the royal surname Jī ì . 3 “The Xià” refers to the central states, including especially Jìn.
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Jìn 1:02          2 predicted that the campaign against the Lí Róng would be “victorious but unlucky,” so I am rewarding you with a glass of wine and punishing you by withholding delicacies. I have conquered a state and gained a consort. What could be luckier than that?” Recorder Sū drank off the goblet, kowtowed twice, and said, “The omen was there. I dared not conceal its meaning. To conceal the meaning of an omen would be to fail in the
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2010 for the course CHIN 252 taught by Professor Henry during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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