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!"