Happy to Have a Fan

A musician playing a Chinese pipa at a market. (Image: Bernadette Wolf / Vision Times)
A musician playing a Chinese pipa at a market. (Image: Bernadette Wolf / Vision Times)

There was a musician playing music at a market.

People thought he was playing the pipa. Many people came to listen. Soon they felt it was boring and gradually people left. There was only one man who stayed.

The musician said happily: “Great, one fan is good enough.”

But the man said: “The table to support the instrument is mine. I am waiting to take it back home, or else I would have left long ago.”

About Good Laughs

The Good Laughs meant to nourish good heart with stories. (Image: Bernadette Wolf / Vision Times)

‘Good Laughs’ is meant to nourish good heart with stories. (Image: Bernadette Wolf / Vision Times)

 

Good Laughs (笑得好) is a collection of short stories edited by the Chinese doctor Cheng-Jin Shi (石成金) of the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912). This collection can be considered as the Chinese version of Aesop’s Fables. Dr. Shi was believed to have lived between the Kangxi and early Qianlong reigns. He also authored many other books on remedies for life and health.

Good Laughs is meant to nourish the heart with stories. In the preface, Dr. Shi wrote: “People are entertained by being sarcastic; I inspire people with sarcasm. It entertains the heart, but it can also save a life like acupuncture.”

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