There was a man pretending to be a mute who was begging for money in the market. He often pointed to a wooden bowl with his fingers and let out a “yaya” sound.
One day, the beggar took out two pennies to buy liquor. After he finished the liquor, he said to the shop operator: “Add some more.”
The operator asked: “You have never talked before. How come you can talk now?”
The beggar replied: “I had no money in the past. How could I talk? Now that I have money, I can certainly talk.”
About Good Laughs
Good Laughs (笑得好) is a collection of short stories edited by Doctor Cheng-Jin Shi (石成金) of the Qing dynasty (1636-1912). This collection can be considered as the Chinese version of Aesop’s Fables. Doctor Shi was believed to have lived between the Kangxi and early Qianlong reigns. He also authored many other books on remedies for life and health.
Good Laughs is meant to nourish good heart with stories. In the preface, Doctor Shi wrote: “People entertain by being sarcastic; I inspire people with sarcasm. It entertains the heart, but also saves a life like acupuncture.”