The blind men feeling the elephant

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Master 0sifu Folktale: The blind men feeling the elephant

Once upon a time, there was a king who ordered his officials: “Lead an elephant to me, and let several blind men feel it with their hands. Then ask each one of them to describe the shape of the elephant.”

从前,有一个国王,命令大臣们说:“你们给我牵一头大象来,让几个盲人用手去摸,每个人说出大象的模样。”

 

The officials led the elephant to the king. Several blind men surrounded it and felt it with their hands. The king asked them: “What do you think the elephant resembles?”

大臣们牵来了大象,几个盲人都围上去用手触摸,国王问盲人:“你们觉得大象的样子像什么?”

 

All these blind men strove to be the first to answer.

几个盲人都争先恐后地回答。

 

One blind man felt the elephant’s tusk and said: “The elephant resembles a long, long carrot.”

一个摸着大象的牙齿说:“大象好像一根长长的萝卜。”

 

One blind man felt the elephant’s ear and said: “The elephant resembles a dustpan.”

一个摸着大象的耳朵说:“大象好像一只簸箕。”

 

One blind man felt the elephant’s head and said: “The elephant resembles a large stone.”

一个摸着大象的头说:“大象好像是一块大石头。”

 

One blind man felt the elephant’s foot and said: “The elephant resembles a stone mortar.”

一个摸着大象的脚说:“大象好像是一只石臼。”

 

One blind man felt the elephant’s back and said: “The elephant resembles a bed.”

一个摸着大象的背脊说:“大象好像一张床。”

 

One blind man felt the elephant’s belly and said: “The elephant resembles a water vat.”

一个摸着大象的肚子说:“大象好像一只大水缸。”

 

“Ha! Ha! All of you are wrong.” The last blind man pulled the elephant’s tail and said: “Let me tell you that the elephant resembles a long, thin rope.”

“哈哈,你们说的都不对!”最后一个盲人拉着大象的尾巴说:“告诉你们,大象就像一根长长的、细细的绳子。”

 

Upon this the king and his officials all burst into laughter.

国王和大臣们听了都哈哈大笑。

 

 

 

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