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The ointment for chapped hands

 

A family in the state of Sung made an excellent ointment for chapped hands ; so for generations they engaged in laundering. A man who heard of this offered a hundred pieces of gold for their recipe.

 

We have been in the laundry trade for generations, said this family as they discussed the matter. But we never made more than a few pieces of gold. Today we can sell our recipe for a hundred pieces. By all means let us sell it.

 

Now the state of Yueh was invading the state of Wu, and having bought the recipe this man presented it to the Prince of Wu, who thereupon made him a general. His troops fought a naval action with those of Yueh that winter, and completely routed the enemy. Then the prince made him a noble, rewarding him with a fief.

 

Thus the same ointment for chaps could win a fief or simply aid laundrymen.

 

All depends upon the use to which things are put.

 

 

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If an army, sports team, or other group routs its opponents, it defeats them completely and easily .....
 
 
 

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