The clever response of wife of Mei Yao Chen
MeiShengYu is famous for his poetry writing, for an entire 30 years, he never
obtain a single appointment as a writer. In his later years, with me, we compiled “Tang history”.
The Book was completed but not yet presented to the emperor, high officials were all signed.
When he was first been appointed to compile the Tang History. He said to his wife Ms. Diao:
“my action of compiling this book can be called as stuffing a monkey into a cliff bag[a cloth bag].
Ms. Diao replied: “you with regard to official career how is it different from a sheat fish trying to
climb a bamboo pole.” Those who heard of this, they all thought it was a clever answer.
The 4 famous officials at Zhenzong’s court
Mr.ShenwenShu was large bodied and had a big belly. He had clear eyes and lengthy eyebrows.
Mr. Dingjin was skinny that he had been whittled by a knife. These two fellows were both
natives of 2 Zhe Province. They both were also achieving fame for their writing in their time. In
the imperial school, Mei during the reign Zhenzhong had became a famous official and during
the Qingli period, he became a Hanlin reader in writing and he finally died as serving a reader in
waiting. By nature, he liked to burn incense, when he was in his office, every morning he got up
and as he was preparing to go look after business (or attend to duty), he always lit 2 burners of
incents, he took his official robe and dripped over them, he gathered 2 sleeves, sat down he
released the opening of his gown, fragrantly the whole room was filled with incents. There was a
guy called Douyuandouyuanbin, he was the grandson of Zhenggu who was the prime minister in
the kingdom of Han during the 5 Dynasty period. On the bases of being a son of a famous family
who having literate talent and great conduct, aa He did not like to dress up and even for a long
time, he never took a bath. So at the time, people made this saying, Mr.sheng is fat, Mr.Ding is
skinny, Mr.Mei is fragrant and Mr.Dou stinks.
Two wine immortals
Shimanqing had a large body and impressive, who had extraordinary talent. He was famous
during that time, his manner, appearance are imposing. He could drink more than most people.
There was a guy called Liuqian,he often was a drinking partner (he often has bouts of drinking
together) with Manqing. Hearing that there was a newly open wine shop which opened by
Wang shi in the capital, they went to that place, where they drank together all day long without
ever exchanging a word. Mr. Wang surprised about how much they drank. It is not a quantity of
an ordinary guy can consume. He concluded (he thought) that they were super human fellows.
He offered special