Once upon a time, there was a teacher. He was talented and had a high social status. This man was two-faced: on the one hand, he liked very much to hear rose waters, on the other hand, he showed a deep abhor to the apple-polishers.
One day, his two students visited him. These two students all have some experience in officialdom and they knew very well of their teacher, so the conversation went on very smoothly and cheerfully.
After discussing about some things, the teacher began to criticize current affairs: this world is decaying. The sycophants are popular, while the true talented ones can put their knowledge into use. So many people are yearning for others’ praise and flattery. I really look down on this kind of person.
The students understood their teacher’s meaning instantly. One of them stand up and said with cap in hand: what you said is true, but in this corrupt society, there are too few people who can be as pure as you?
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Upon hearing this, the teacher was very happy. And after the students left the teacher’s house, the one who apple polished their teacher said to the other: you see: flattery has been successfully sent to him again.