Thursday, September 15, 2011

画蛇添足 Add Feet When Drawing a Snake


Is it silly to add feet when drawing a snake? Well, I've made similar mistakes like this many times. Sometimes, only a cup of wine was lost, but other times more can be missed.

古时候,有一个人请朋友们喝酒。但是来了很多朋友,他原来准备的的酒不够多。于是,他对朋友们说: “ 这些酒你们几个人喝,不够。 一个人又喝不完。请你们在地上画一条蛇,谁先画完,谁就先喝酒。好不好?” 大家都同意他的建议。
有一个人画得特别快,第一个画好了。他高兴地拿起酒杯喝了一口酒,看见别人都没画完,得意地说: “我还能给我的蛇画上脚呢!”说着他继续画。 但是,他还没把脚画好, 另一个人就把一条蛇画完了, 把酒杯拿过去说: “蛇本来没有脚, 你怎么能给蛇加上脚呢?这酒应该是我的。”说完他就把酒都喝了。

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Translation


In ancient time,  a man invited his friends to drinks. However, many friends showed up, and the winel he prepared originally was not enough. Therefore,  he said to his friends: " the wine is not enough for all of you, but it is more than one person can drink. Would you please draw a snake on the ground? Whoever finishes drawing first will drink first, OK?" Everyone agreed to his suggestion.
One man drew very fast and finished the first. He happily picked up the glass and took a drink. Seeing the others were still not done, he said in elation: "I can still add some feet to my snake!" Then he went on to draw. However,  before he could finish drawing the snake's feet, another man was done with drawing his snake. So he took the glass and said: " Snakes don't have feet anyway. How can you add feet to your snake? This drink should be mine."  That said, he drank up the wine

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