Beautiful Lady Saves the King
Traditional Taiwanese Folktale
by Yu-Ling Hsieh from Taiwan
is the story of a kind who was saved when a loyal
staff officer sent a beautiful woman to the
of years ago, there was a country that was ruled by
another country. The king was a slave who worked
for the foreign ruler of this country. His staff
officer was trying to save the kind and his
staff officer sent the beautiful lady to
the palace, hoping the foreign ruler would
fall in love with
the staff officer was walking along the river, he
saw a beautiful lady washing clothes. He thought
maybe because she was so beautiful, the foreign
ruler would fall in love with her, so he sent her
to the palace.
she was there, the foreign ruler fell in love with
her and didn't care about anything else, not even
ruling the country. So, the lady and the staff
officer saved their king and their country. In the
end, they went away with their king and lived
together at a place no one knew.
of this story
the lady hadn't been beautiful, the staff officer
wouldn't have sent her into the palace, and the
foreign ruler would not have fallen in love with
her. If the ruler hadn't fallen in love with her,
they wouldn't have been able to save their country.
So, is beauty important? I think so, even if we
always deny it.
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