From Ancient China
Big It Has Become Overnight?
day a scholar taught his son to read the Chinese word "one".
(Chinese word "one" is formed by a horizontal line) Soon
the boy leant it by heart.
next day while the scholar was wiping the table, with his wet rag
he wrote on the table top a "one" with a very long stroke
to quiz his son. The boy could not read it at all.
is the word "one" I taught you to read yesterday, isn't
it?" said the scholar.
But how big it has become overnight!" said the boy in surprise.
and translated by Liu Jianting et al.)