Sian Zong was an incompetent emperor. The eunuch Wang Jhih
was his favorite. Together with two of his men, Wang Yue and
Chen Rong, they were a gang that did nothing but evil all
over the country. The officials were too afraid to offend
Wang Jhih, so no one dared reveal the truth to the emperor.
¡@¡@At that time, there was an eunuch
by the name of A-Chou who was multi-talented and witty. The
emperor liked him very much. Once Ming Sian Zong ordered A-Chou
and his troupe to perform for him. A-Chou staged a show called
"Drunk". When the show began, A-Chou appeared on
the stage staggering as a drunkard. He was talking nonsense
and the lines were so witty that the audience could not stop
laughing. Then the role of the passers-by came onto the stage.
The passers-by announced, "The minister is coming on
official business. Clear the way and be quiet!" To his
surprise, the drunken A-Chou pointed at the passers-by and
scolded, "Who cares if you are a minister or a small
official? Who cares if you are a black dog or a white dog?
You go your way, and I go my way. In fact, I was here first!
So it is you who should walk around me." The passers-by
then announced, "The emperor is here!" But A-Chou
burst out laughing, "The emperor is still dreaming! His
mind is so clouded that he is even more drunk than I am¡K"
The passers-by thought, "Hmm¡K Not even the emperor could
scare him. Well, I have one last way to scare some senses
into him." So he made one last announcement, "Wang
Jhih is arriving!" A-Chou immediately knelt on all fours,
trembling and pleading, "Pardon me! Pardon me!"
¡@¡@Watching this, Ming Sian Zong got the message even though
he was quite displeased by the performance.
Strategy 26 : Point at the Mulberry Tree to Curse the Locust
¡@¡@Avoid directly confront, warn or discipline another. Instead
use analogies and innuendos without naming names, thereby
achieving the goal of dissuading or threatening another.