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买椟还珠的历史典故-中国历史故事英文版中英对照

来源:慢速英语   时间:1970-01-01 08:00:00

Getting the casket and returning the pearl

买椟还珠


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.

有个楚国人想在郑国出售一颗珍贵的珍珠。他用木兰为珍珠作了个匣子,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。

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.

过于华丽的装饰往往会喧宾夺主。那个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,他根本不懂什么才是真正有价值的。