THE WRONG DIRECTION
The Prince of Wei decided to invade Hantan, the capital of the state of Chao. Although Chi-liang was on a journey when he heard this, he turned back at once and, without waiting to smooth his crumpled garments or brush the dust from his head, went to see the king.
" On my way back," he said, I came across a man at Taihang Mountain, who was riding northwards. He told me he was going to the state of Chu.
" In that case, why are you heading north" ? I asked him.
" That's all right," he replied. I have good horses.
Your horses may be good, but you're taking the wrong direction.
Well, I have plenty of money.
You may have plenty of money, but this is the wrong direction.
Well, I have an excellent charioteer.
" The better your horses," I told him, " the more money you have and the more skilled your charioteer, the further you will get from the state of Chu."
- crumpled: If you crumple something such as paper o cloth, or if it crumples, it is squashed and becomes full of untidy creases and folds.
- charioteer: In ancient time, a charioteer was a chariot driver. Chariots were fast-moving vehicles with two wheels that were pulled by horses.