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Waiting For A Hare To Turn Up

Waiting for a hare to turn up
This story warns against trusting to chance or to strokes of luck

Waiting for a hare to turn up

Once upon a time in the state of Song, a peasant was working his field when he noticed a hare dashing by. The animal ran into a big tree growing alongside the field, breaking its neck and falling down dead under the tree. The peasant effortlessly picked up the rabbit and went home.

From then on, the peasant put aside his hoe and devoted himself to sitting cross-legged beneath the tree waiting for a hare. However, no second hare ever dashed itself against the tree. Moreover, the peasant's field became barren.

This story warns against trusting to chance or to strokes of luck.