Buying a Pair of Shoes
A man in the state of Zheng decided to buy some new shoes. He measured his feet but left the measure on his sea, and went to the market without it. There he found a shoemaker.
“Why, I forgot to bring the measurement!” he cried.
He hurried home to fetch it.
By the time he got back to the market, the fair was over; so he failed to buy his shoes.
“Why didn’t you try the shoes on?” asked one of his neighbours.
“I trust the ruler more,” was his reply.
Han Fei Zi