One day,Mr.Dongguo drove a donkey carrying a sack of books to the State of Zhongshan to seek an official post.
Suddenly,a wounded wolf scurried to him and begged:
“Sir, I am being pursued by a hunter.I was shot by an arrow and almost lost my life.
I beg you to hide me in your sack, and I’ll reward you well in the future.”
Mr. Dongguo said:“By doing this I’ll offend prominent officials,and face disaster.
But I’ll surely try to save you. This is something I ought to do.”
At this moment,the wolf curled up its limbs.Mr.Dongguo tied it up with rope,put it into his sack,
and drove the donkey to the roadside to let the hunter pass by.
A moment later,the hunter came up and found the wolf missing.He asked Mr. Dongguo:
“Have you seen a wolf？Where did it run off to？”
Mr. Dongguo said:“I haven’t seen any wolf.This road leads to many byroads.The wolf may have escaped from one of them.”
The hunter could do nothing but believe this to be true.So he turned around and left.
When the wolf heard the hoofbeats fade in the distance,it said in the sack:
“Sir, please let me out of the sack, untie the rope,pull out the arrow on my limb,and let me escape.”
The kindhearted Mr. Dongguo, bewitched by its sweet words,released the wolf. But unexpectedly, the wolf howled at him:
“Please, sir, now I am so starved. Please let me devour you.”
Whereupon the wolf bared its teeth,brandished its claws, and pounced upon him.Mr. Dongguo fought the wolf bare-handed and kept on shouting:
“You ungrateful wolf!You ungrateful wolf!”
At this moment, an old peasant carrying a hoe passed by.Mr.Dongguo hurriedly got hold of him and asked him to pass judgement.
The old peasant thought it over and said:“I don’t believe either of you. How can this sack hold a wolf？
Please do it again so I can see it with my own eyes.”
The wolf agreed. Again it lay on the ground, curled up into a ball,let Mr.Dongguo tie it up with rope and put it in the sack.
The old peasant tied up the sack tightly at once and said to Mr. Dongguo:
“This man-eating beast will never change its nature.It is too stupid and too dangerous to be kind to a wolf.”
Then,he raised his hoe and struck the wolf to death.Mr.Dongguo finally saw the light,and said to the old peasant:
“Thank you for saving my life today. I’ll always remember this lesson.”