Losing the silver bowl

Master 0sifu Folktale Losing the silver bowl

Master 0sifu Folktale: Losing the silver bowl

Once upon a time there was a man who dropped a silver bowl into the sea while crossing it.

从前有一乘船渡海的人,不慎把银制的器皿掉到海里.

 

He pondered, “I’m going to make a mark on the water. I’m carrying on my journey now. But I’ll come back for it later.”

当时他想:“我现在就在水面上做个记号,以后再来打捞。”

 

After two months’ travel during which he visited Ceylon and many other countries. On seeing a river, he jumped into the water looking for the bowl he had lost before.

过了两个月,他到达师子国,看到一条河,就到水中寻找那只丢失的银盆。

 

“What are you doing there?” people asked. He replied, “I have lost my bowl. Now I would like to get it back.”           

旁边的人问道:“你做什么呢?”他回答:“我以前丢失了一只银盆,现在想找回来。”

 

People went on, “Where did you lose it?” He answered, “I lost it crossing the sea.”

旁人又问:“在什么地方丢的?”回答说:“在刚渡海的时候。”

 

Again people asked, “How long ago did you lose it?” He answered, “I lost it two months ago.”

又接着问:“丢了多长时间?”回答说:“丢失了两个多月了。”

 

People asked, “Since you lost it two months ago in the sea, why are you looking for it here in the river?” He answered, “I made a mark on the water where I lost the bowl. This water looks the same as the other. There seems no difference. That’s why I’m doing this.”

又问:“丢失两个月了,为何在这里找呢?”他回答:“我丢失银盆时,在水面做了记号,原来在水面划的记号,与这里没有不同,所以在这里寻找。”

 

People went on, “Though all waters are identical, the place that you have lost it is there. How can you find it here?” Everybody jeered at him.

旁人又接着再问:“水虽没有不同,但你以前丢失是在别处,现在却在这里寻找,怎么可以找到呢?”这时周围的人都对此大笑不止。

 

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