Borrowing the Light ~ 《古代寓言·借光》 with English Translations








Borrowing the Light

A girl in one of the workshops by the river was too poor to buy oil for the lamp; so the other girls decided to drive her away. As the poor girl was leaving she said to the others:

“Because I couldn’t afford to pay for the light, I always arrived first to sweep the room and put down the mats. Your light shines on all four walls: Why grudge me a share in it? It doesn’t hurt you to let me borrow your light, and I make myself useful to you. Why should you drive me away?”

Realizing the truth of what she said, they let her stay after all.

–Warring States Anecdotes

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