¡@¡@Once, in order to test Lan Dao
Sing, the emperor sent a eunuch to deliver a confidential
letter to him. Upon arrival, the eunuch burned the letter
before it was opened and told Lan Dao Sing, "The letter
contained the questions that the emperor wanted to ask you.
You are the expert in magic. Please tell me the answers to
the questions so that I can report back to the emperor."
Hearing this, Lan Dao Sing started to panic. He thought, "How
could I know what was written in the letter without reading
it first? The emperor is going to have my head for this."
But suddenly he came up with an idea to save the day. So he
followed the eunuch to see the emperor.
¡@¡@Lan Dao Sing said to Ming Shih Zong, "I know how to
call upon the supernatural powers. But the eunuch whom Your
Majesty sent today was not devoted enough, so the gods refused
to show me the answers. May I request Your Majesty to send
your letter again using another eunuch who is more devoted
as a messenger?" Because the emperor was so superstitious,
he agreed to send another one. This time, Lan Dao Sing was
well prepared. Before the letter was burned, Lan Dao Sing
had switched the real letter with a fake one when the eunuch
was distracted. Thus, Lan Dao Sing learned the content of
the letter through guile and gave the emperor the correct
answers. Ming Shih Zong was not aware of his trick. And so
he came to have even more faith in Lan Dao Sing's magic.
Strategy 25: Replace the Beams with Pillars
¡@¡@ While your opponent is unaware, steal the real thing by
swapping it with a fake one, thereby achieving your goal through