忧伤故事

一个郑国人买走了这个匣子
发表时间:2019-10-21
  Too luxuriant decoration usually supersedes what really counts. This man from Chu certainly knew how to sell a casket but he was no good at selling his pearl. And the man of Zheng didn't know which is really valuable.
 
  A man from the state of Chu wanted to sell a precious pearl in the state of Zheng. He made a casket for the pearl out of the wood from a magnolia tree, which he fumigated with spices. He studded the casket with pearls and jade, ornamented it with red gems and decorated it with kingfisher feathers. A man of the state of Zheng bought the casket and gave him back the pearl.
  买椟还珠
  过于富丽的装饰往往会喧宾夺主。谁人楚国人知道如何卖掉匣子,却不擅长出售珍珠。至于买匣子的郑国人,他基础不懂什么才是真正有代价的。


  (《Hanfeizi》)

成语故事:买椟还珠(中英比较)

  Getting the casket and returning the pearl
  有个楚国人想在郑国出售一颗贵重的珍珠。他用木兰为珍珠作了个匣子,www.9356.com,用香料把匣子熏香,还用珠,玉,红宝石来加以装饰,并插上了翠鸟的羽毛。一个郑国人买走了这个匣子,却把珍珠还给了他。