From Ancient China
upon a time a foolish man carried a cart of black beans to the market
to sell. When crossing a bridge, the cart turned over and the beans
fell into the river. He went home hurriedly to ask his family to dredge
his beans from the river.
he left, the people living nearby went in to the river and took all
the beans away. When the foolish man returned, all he saw in the river
were many tadpoles, all of which he mistook for his black beans. He
therefore got ready to go into the water and collect them with his
servants, but the tadpoles, seeing the people, took flight.
beans, ah, black beans!" the foolish man shouted. "Don't
you recognize me? Even though you have grown tails, I can still recognize
your original shape!"
and Translated by Liu Jiangting et al.)