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Idioms Lesson 30
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Treat each other with the respect you would give a guest

During the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), there was a high official in the State of Jin. He once saw a farmer working in the field and his wife bringing a lunch to him in a very respectful manner. It moved him much that the couple treated each other with the respect they would give a guest.

He took the farmer back to the King of Jin and recommended him for an official post. "Respect is a demonstration of virtue. If one is respectful, he must be virtuous," the official said. "We should educate our people with virtue."

"His father is guilty. Is it wise to do so?" the King countered.

The official replied: "Guan Zhong was an enemy to the Duke Huan of Qi, but the duke appointed Guan Zhong prime minister and finally accomplished his hegemony. Shun exiled Gun but promoted his son Yu. You just make use of his strong points."

At last, Duke Wen took his advice and put the farmer in an important position.

Later, this idiom means a couple treat each other with respect as if the other were their guests.

xiāng jìng rú bīn







zhāng dēng jié căi
Hang up lanterns and silk festoons; be decorated with lanterns and colorful streamers

zhāng yá wǔ zhăo
Bare fangs and brandish claws – make threatening gestures; be arrogant and ferocious

wàn xiàng gēng xīn
Everything looks fresh and gay; everything takes on a new look.

wàn zĭ qiān hóng
Riot or blaze of color

hé ăi kĕ qīn
Gentle and affable; genial; amiable

hé fēng xì yǔ
Like a gentle breeze and light rain – in a gentle and mild way

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