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Monday, June 23, 2008

"A Bargain"


Two men planned to distil wine together. One of them said, 'You provide the rice and I'll supply the water.' The other man said, 'If all the rice comes from me, how should we divide the distilled wine?' The first man: 'There will definitely be no cheating. When the wine is ready I only want the water back. The rest goes to you.' 32


- Ding Cong. Wit and Humor from Ancient China: 100 Cartoons by Ding Cong. Bilingual Edition. Translated by Ma Mingtong. Beijing: New World Press, 2000.

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