Wang made another inspection, he found all dangerous organisations broken up, the officials doing their duty as a matter of course, while the use of measures of grain was unknown within the four boundaries of the State. There was thus unanimity in the public voice, singleness of official purpose, and identity of interests to all.
So Wên Wang appointed the old man Grand Tutor; and then, standing with his face to the north,
- An attitude of respect. Facing the south was the conventional position of a ruler.
asked him, saying, "Can such government be extended over the empire?"
The old man of Tsang was silent and made no reply. He then abruptly took leave, and by the evening of that same day had disappeared, never to be heard of again.
Yen Yüan said to Confucius, "If Wên Wang was unable to do this of himself, how was he able to do it by a dream?"
"Silence!" cried Confucius: "It is not for you to criticise Wên Wang who succeeded in fulfilling his mission. The dream was merely to satisfy the vulgar mind."
- The whole episode is of course spurious.
Lieh Yü K'ou
- Or Lieh Tzŭ. See ch. i.
instructed Po Hun Wu Jên
- See ch. v.
in archery. Drawing the bow to its full, he placed