Having Great Virtue Brings You a Brighter Future

A Yuan Dynasty jade belt. (Image: via   wikimedia  /  CC BY-SA 3.0)
A Yuan Dynasty jade belt. (Image: via wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

At the end of the Yuan Dynasty, Wenliang Yu, a good friend of the great military counselor Liu Bowen, had been known as a virtuous and talented person since he was young. When he grew up, he was quite handsome. He was best known for his great virtues, such as righteousness, innocence, and protecting other’s reputations, thus making him a true gentleman.

Wenliang was once the family teacher for two children of a rich squire. Due to his dedicated efforts and wise guidance, his two disciples enhanced their academic performance and character quickly. Thus, Wenliang was highly respected by the squire.

Time sped by and one year later, Wenliang was woken up by intermittent knocks at his door one night. After listening carefully, he asked: “Is someone there?” Nobody answered, but the knocks continued.

Wenliang was quite confused. He hurried to get dressed, and cautiously walked to the window to take a look outside before opening the door. To his surprise, he saw a very elegant young lady knocking at the door. The lady looked so beautiful under the moonlight that she seemed like a fairy. Wenliang asked loudly:

The beautiful lady answered with her sweet, but nervous voice:

Wenliang got more confused and asked gently: “Oh, I am sorry. Yet, why do you come here so late at night?” The young lady said shyly:

Wenliang interrupted the young lady before she finished:

The lady would not give up, but knocked harder. Wenliang became so angry that he shouted: “How bold you are! If you still will not go, I will call others!” The knocks came to an end. When Wenliang came near the window, he noticed that the young lady had already left.

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Liu Bowen, a military counselor at the end of the Yuan Dynasty. (Image: wikipedia / CC0 1.0)

After this, he was a bit relieved, yet he just could not fall asleep. In the end, he decided to leave the place in order not to cause any trouble.

Early the next morning, he hurried to say goodbye to the squire. In order to protect the young lady’s reputation, he explained that something very important had happened in his family, and he must go back home as soon as possible. He thanked the squire for his kindness. The squire had no choice but to see him on his way.

Later on, he met his good friend Liu Bowen, who was good at fortune telling. Bowen asked in surprise:

Wenliang still would not tell the truth, but said:

Bowen said seriously:

Then he laughed and spoke highly of Wenliang’s great virtue. The next year, the court held the nationwide imperial examinations. Wenliang was one of the top candidates. From then on, he completely changed his poor fate as a teacher. Later on, he was promoted and became well known for his righteousness and incorruptibility.

His later generations also benefited from his great virtue. His success could all be attributed to his great virtue.

It can be summarized in a poem:

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