JADE CHOPSTICK SOUP
In Wenzhou in Zhejiang， there lived a boy called Xiao Zhen. One night a god in golden armor appeared in a dream and said， Son， you can only live to be 18 years old. When Xiao Zhen woke up， he was scared. He felt very sad that he would die so young.
Xiao Zhens father was a government official. He was very honest， so he got promoted and sent to Sichuan， another province far away. Xiao Zhen did not want to leave home， because he knew he couldnt live very long. His father didnt know about Chens dream， and insisted on taking him with him.?
The day after his father got to his new post， the officials there prepared a party to welcome him， and of course Xiao Zhen was invited. For very special parties in Szechuan， after three courses comes the main dish， called Jade Chopstick Soup.
他父亲赴任后第二天，当地官员准备了筵席为他接风洗尘，萧振也被邀请同去。 在 四川，每当举办非常 特殊的筵席，三道菜后都会上一道叫做玉柱汤的主菜。
The way they made Jade Chopstick Soup was very cruel. They heated an iron chopstick until it was red hot， and then pushed that into a cows udder. The milk in the udder would stick to the chopstick， so when they pulled out the chopstick， it looked like jade， and some people thought it was delicious.
While Chen was waiting for the dinner to begin， he happened to go into the kitchen. He saw a cow fled to a stake， and an iron chopstick roasting on hot coals.He asked the cook what was happening， and the cook told him just what they were going to do. When Chen heard that， he ran back to his father and begged his father to stop them. He said， They are going to stick a red hot chopstick into a cows udder just to make a tasty dish， but think how much the cow will suffer!Please， Father， make them stop! Dont let them make this horrible dish!
His father was a kind man， so he immediately ordered them to change the menu and release the cow.
A few nights later， the god in golden armor again appeared to Xiao Zhenin a dream. This time， he said， Son， you have done a good deed. You will not die young， and whats more， you will be so successful that one day you will be-come one of the highest officials in all of China. This is because you have a kind heart.
Xiao Zhen did grow up to win a very high post in the imperial government，and he lived to be more than ninety years old.
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