People Who Shaped China: Stories from the History of the Middle Kingdom, History of China, Volume 1

People Who Shaped China: Stories from the History of the Middle Kingdom, History of China, Volume 1

chapter 12 king gojian of yue [Music] the triumph of a defeated kingdom in the last chapter we saw how the wu state conquered the much larger chu kingdom yeah was a tribal nation neighboring wu and its rulers constantly created disturbances along the border in one battle the uae troops used a surprise tactic and killed wu’s leader king the new king of the wu state fu chai was intelligent and gifted in music and literature as his father laid dying from his wounds in battle fuchai vowed to avenge him and destroy the state of for it was their soldiers who had dealt him this mortal blow worried that he might forget the last will of his father king fuchai ordered a soldier to stand by his bed and shout to him every morning fuchai have you forgotten that u.s state slew your father fuchai waited for his opportunity in 494 bc wu and yue fought a large battle and wu won a glorious victory gojin the king of us state fled to a mountain near us capital with his last men cornered his sword wanting to kill himself but his guards and two ministers stopped him the two ministers were fondly and wen zhong they said to go jen it’s very easy to die but to reconstruct a country is incredibly difficult do you want to choose the easier road and end as a loser or do you want to stay strong until you see success in order to preserve us people land soldiers and strength he signed a humiliating surrender document and agreed to personally become a slave to king foo chai of wu meanwhile the uae government continued to operate under the two ministers they bribed government officials in the woo state with large amounts of money and behaved humbly to please them they also gathered the most beautiful girls of yuen and sent them to live in king fujai’s palaces the most elegant woman among these beauties was she one of china’s four great beauties she was said to be so dazzling that as she combed her hair along the river the fish would sink to the river bottom in shame she shares beauty became u.s state’s secret weapon it was said that the um minister fan lee was she she’s instructor and fell in love with her but he sacrificed his love to serve his homeland and presented she to king foo chai all the same fuchai was instantly bewitched and spent all his time with her meanwhile king gojin worked like a dog in the palace of wu he did everything possible to serve fuchai when fuchai fell ill go gen pretended to be so anxious that he even tasted his master’s feces to determine the cause foo chai was moved by gojin’s humble attitude not to mention many of the king’s ministers had been influenced by the humble u.s servants and their gifts over time fuchai heard lots of praise for yue and his people three years after gojin became a slave fuchai forgave their past conflicts and set him free but godzin had war on his mind returning to his country the king did not sleep in his palace but continued his simple servant’s lifestyle his bed was hard and made of straw and above it he hung the bitter gallbladder of a snake
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People Who Shaped China: Stories from the History of the Middle Kingdom, History of China, Volume 1

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