And when he struck the Kung note on one, the Kung note on the other sounded; when he struck the chio note on one, the chio note on the other sounded. This because they were both tuned to the same pitch.
"But if he changed the interval of one string, so that it no longer kept its place in the octave, and then struck it, the result was that all the twenty-five strings jangled together. There was sound as before, but the influence of the key-note was gone. Is this your case?"
"The Confucianists, the Mihists, and the followers of Yang and Ping," replied Hui Tzŭ, "are just now engaged in discussing this matter with me. They try to overwhelm me with argument or howl me down with noise. Yet they have not proved me wrong. Why then should you?"
"A man of the Ch'i State," replied Chuang Tzŭ, "sent away his son into the Sung State, to be a door-keeper, with maimed body.
- Doorkeepers in ancient times were, for obvious reasons, deprived of their feet.
But a vase, which he valued highly, he kept carefully wrapped up.
- Thus Hui Tzŭ sacrifices the greater to the less.
"He who would seek for a stray child, but will not leave his home, is like to lose him.
- Thus restricted to his four antagonistic schools is Hui Tzŭ's search for Tao.