Chinese Humor

从前,有个皇帝最爱弹琴,可他弹得实在蹩脚,满朝文武和后妃都不堪忍受他的琴声。皇帝找遍整个宫廷,竟找不到一个知音。

皇帝想了一个办法,就传旨从监狱里拉来一个死囚。皇帝许诺说:"只要你说寡人的琴弹得好,朕可免你一死。"

不料,皇帝的琴刚刚弹了一半,死囚叫道:"陛下,求求您别弹了,我甘愿一死!"

Once upon a time, there was an emperor who loved to play the zither, but his playing was so bad that all the court's officials and ladies could not bear to listen to the sound of his zither. The emperor searched the whole court, but could not find a friend who share his taste in music.

The emperor thought of an idea and ordered that a prisoner on the death row be brought before him. The emperor promised the prisoner: "As long as you say that I play the zither well, I will spare you from your death sentence."

Unexpectedly, when the emperor was halfway through his musical performance, the death row inmate cried: "Your Majesty, I beg you to stop playing, I am willing to die!"