A few days ago, I read an article "Stealing Jade Huang" in the notes of Yuewei Thatched Cottage.
A scholar from the south, good at writing articles, travels among officials and ministers. Once, he accidentally got a jade huang from the Han Dynasty, which was white in texture, but the blood stains soaked through the jade bones. Because it is a rare antique, it is used as a paperweight. One day, he occasionally lived in the home of a high official. At night, when I was conceiving an article under the lamp, I heard a sound through the window, and suddenly a hand came in. Suspecting it was a thief, he picked up Tie Ruyi and wanted to hit him, but seeing that the hand was white and tender, as cute as a spring onion, he couldn't bear to do it, and drew back Tie Ruyi. He dug a small hole in the window paper and peeked out, only to see a green-faced Rakshasa ghost standing outside the window, and suddenly fainted from fright. When he woke up, the jade huang on the desk had disappeared. He suspected that Yuhuang was the illusion of a fox ghost, so he didn't pursue it further. Later, he came across the blood-stained jade pendant again by chance in the market, and asked the seller where he got it. What I asked about was that several masters had been changed, and there was no way to find out the clue. It took a long time for him to know the truth about the loss of Yuhuang. It turned out that the servant of the high official had stolen it by pretending to be a ghost. Dong Qujiang jokingly said to Nan Shi: "He knows that you are a censor who cherishes flowers and is reluctant to beat beautiful women, so he dares to stretch out a white and tender hand. If he meets a rough person like us, he will never dare to cut off his wrist danger.” I think the house slave’s disguise as a ghost has two obvious purposes: one is to make the owner afraid to catch the thief on the spot, and the other is to make the owner not want to pursue it later. Also, if you break the window with the palm of your hand and go to get the jade huang, you will definitely be beaten, so you have to pretend to be a girl's slender hands, creating the illusion that you are not a thief; People are illusions of ghosts. Its intentions can be said to be too thorough. This kind of person is as dull as a piece of wood when doing things for his master; as for committing crimes, he can make a lot of tricks, like ghosts and ghosts, very clever. This is generally the case, not just this one person.
After listening to this article, I first felt the selfishness of this house slave. But looking at what happened from another angle, it is another feeling: selfish people are very slow to do things for others, but they are smart and attentive when doing things that are beneficial to themselves. But kind people will do things carefully whether they are doing things for others or for themselves. This also shows that sometimes when doing things, it's not that things are not done well, but that the starting point of doing things is wrong, and they are unwilling to help others sincerely. If the house slave in the article is a kind person who can use his ingenuity to benefit others, then this house slave will definitely be appreciated by the house owner.