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12. HE LAY ON ICE IN SEARCH OF CARP
Wáng Xiáng of the Jìn dynasty lost his mother early. His stepmother, named Zhū, was unloving toward him and unceasingly spoke ill of him before his father. Because of this he lost the love of his father also. His stepmother often liked to eat fresh fish, but one winter the cold froze [the river] to ice. Xiáng loosened his clothes and lay on the ice to [melt it so he could] procure them. Suddenly the ice opened of itself and a pair of carp leapt out. He took them and returned to serve them to his stepmother. A verse speaks of this:
We have seen stepmothers before,
12. Wò Bīng Qiú Lǐ
Jìn Wáng Xiáng zǎo sàng mǔ. Jìmǔ Zhū shì. Bù cí. Fù qián shuò zèn zhī. Yóu shì shī ài yú fù. Mǔ cháng yù shí xiān yú. Shí tiān hán bīng dòng. Xiáng jiě yī. Wò bīng qiú zhī. Bīng hū zì jiě. Shuāng lǐ juè chū. Chí guī gòng mǔ. Yǒu shī wéi sòng.
Jìmǔ rén jiān yǒu. Wáng Xiáng tiānxià wú. Zhì jīn héshuǐ shàng. Liú dé wò bīng mú.
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