Chinese Fable Stories – One-Hole Nets

《古代寓言·一个洞的“网”》

语有之曰:“有鸟将来,张罗待之,得鸟者一目也。”

今为一目之罗,无时得鸟矣。

——《申鉴》

One-Hole Nets

There is an old saying, “No matter how big a net one may spread, each bird is caught in a single hole.”

Now a person was so fascinated by this witticism that he took a number of pieces of string and made separate loops of them by tying the ends together.

Consequently never once did he catch a bird with those “nets.”

–Shen Jian

(杨宪益、戴乃迭 译)

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