买犊还珠
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In the past, a man of the State of Chu intended to go to the State of Zheng to sell pearls.
 
First he used rare lily magnolia to make a small exquisite1 case which he fumigated2 with the delicate fragrance3 of osmanthuses and Chinese prickly ashes. Furthermore, the case was inlaid with emerald-green jadeite, and adorned5 with attractive rosy6 jade4. The whole case was decorated in an extremely exquisite way.
 
A man of the State of Zheng saw this exquisite case and liked it very much. He bought it with a great deal of money, but he returned the pearl in the case to the man of Chu.
 
Later, people ridiculed7 the man of Chu by saying that he was good at selling cases, but not good at selling pearls.
 
To go too far in the pursuit of form just like letting a presumptuous8 guest usurp9 the host's role, which brings about opposite results.
 
从前,有个楚国人准备到郑国卖珍珠。
 
他先用名贵的木兰做了一只精巧的小匣子,又用幽香的牡桂和花椒把匣子熏了一下,并且在匣子上面镶了碧绿的翡翠,还嵌上引人注目的玫瑰石,整个匣子装演得十分考究。
 
有个郑国人看到这只精美的匣子,非常喜欢,就用重金买了下来。但是,他却把匣子里的珍珠退还给了那个楚国人。
 
后来,人们都嘲笑这个楚国人,说他很善于卖匣子,却不善于卖珍珠。
 
过分追求形式,反而会喧宾夺主,效果适得其反。


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1 exquisite zhez1     
adj.精美的;敏锐的;剧烈的,感觉强烈的
参考例句:
  1. I was admiring the exquisite workmanship in the mosaic.我当时正在欣赏镶嵌画的精致做工。
  2. I still remember the exquisite pleasure I experienced in Bali.我依然记得在巴厘岛所经历的那种剧烈的快感。
2 fumigated 645e665ef2e43f429e72ff26c39fc1bf     
v.用化学品熏(某物)消毒( fumigate的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. The hospital ward was fumigated after the outbreak of typhus. 发现斑疹伤寒以后,医院的病房进行了烟熏消毒。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. Grain should be fumigated within two weeks after harvest. 谷物收获后两周内就应进行熏蒸消毒。 来自辞典例句
3 fragrance 66ryn     
n.芬芳,香味,香气
参考例句:
  1. The apple blossoms filled the air with their fragrance.苹果花使空气充满香味。
  2. The fragrance of lavender filled the room.房间里充满了薰衣草的香味。
4 jade i3Pxo     
n.玉石;碧玉;翡翠
参考例句:
  1. The statue was carved out of jade.这座塑像是玉雕的。
  2. He presented us with a couple of jade lions.他送给我们一对玉狮子。
5 adorned 1e50de930eb057fcf0ac85ca485114c8     
[计]被修饰的
参考例句:
  1. The walls were adorned with paintings. 墙上装饰了绘画。
  2. And his coat was adorned with a flamboyant bunch of flowers. 他的外套上面装饰着一束艳丽刺目的鲜花。
6 rosy kDAy9     
adj.美好的,乐观的,玫瑰色的
参考例句:
  1. She got a new job and her life looks rosy.她找到一份新工作,生活看上去很美好。
  2. She always takes a rosy view of life.她总是对生活持乐观态度。
7 ridiculed 81e89e8e17fcf40595c6663a61115a91     
v.嘲笑,嘲弄,奚落( ridicule的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  1. Biosphere 2 was ultimately ridiculed as a research debade, as exfravagant pseudoscience. 生物圈2号最终被讥讽为科研上的大失败,代价是昂贵的伪科学。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  2. She ridiculed his insatiable greed. 她嘲笑他的贪得无厌。 来自《简明英汉词典》
8 presumptuous 6Q3xk     
adj.胆大妄为的,放肆的,冒昧的,冒失的
参考例句:
  1. It would be presumptuous for anybody to offer such a view.任何人提出这种观点都是太放肆了。
  2. It was presumptuous of him to take charge.他自拿主张,太放肆了。
9 usurp UjewY     
vt.篡夺,霸占;vi.篡位
参考例句:
  1. Their position enabled them to usurp power.他们所处的地位使其得以篡权。
  2. You must not allow it to usurp a disproportionate share of your interest.你不应让它过多地占据你的兴趣。
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