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Let us eat dinner

Posted in Observations and Notes by juned on the March 12th, 2008

I remember this tale from some time ago. It is probably one of my ten favorite stories. I do not know the author of this particular tale nor do I know when it was actually written. Safe to say it would have been written several hundred years ago. I remember it today because of this piece written by Jayvee, the better Fernandez, between the two, at least in my book.

Once upon a time there was a general renowned through out the kingdom for his martial and battle skills. He had lived up to a ripe old age and had nearly won every war he had fought in. His reputation and renown was known through out the Five States or Kingdom.

It is said even the people of the plain flee whenever it was known that he and his army was around. He may have lost battles but he always won the war. It is said he had no rival save some generals in the West who have died long ago and a man who would adapt the name Hideyoshi Toyotomi in times to come.

But the old General was now retired from the campaign and bulks of his army was passed on to another and he had become the Governor of the Northern Provinces. A state that he had governed as justly as any human could justly govern.

The General was still fit and often he would demonstrate his martial prowess to his province mates. And his skill with the sword and halberd became common knowledge.

It just so happened that his martial skill reached the ear of a young and ambitious warrior who commanded one of the fortresses nearby. This warrior eager to prove himself went to the provincial capital. And he went before the provincial palace and hall of justice, which also doubled as the General’s home. There he insulted and challenged the General to come out.

He insulted the General
He insulted the General’s wives
He Insulted the General’s Sons and Daughters
He insulted the General’s staff
He insulted the Provincial Government
He insulted the people of the Province

Now you can imagine nearly everyone up in arms and was ready to attack the Proud Warrior. But the General forbade it and gave strict instructions to leave the Warrior alone. He even ordered his troops to surround the Warrior in order to protect him from the people who were massing up and quite eager to tear him from limb to limb.

And for the whole day the Warrior did his litany of insults:

He insulted the General
He insulted the General’s wives
He Insulted the General’s Sons and Daughters
He insulted the General’s staff
He insulted the Provincial Government
He insulted the people of the Province

He even insulted the grandchildren, the dead, the dogs, the cats and even the fleas.

No one was spared.

All the while the General was in front of him reading several scrolls and sipping his jasmine tea. Unaffected by the Warrior’s words and curses. This continued and continued for the rest of the day under the scorching sun.

Evening came and the Warrior was now silent. And the Warrior was now tired. His armor weighed him down. He had not eaten the whole day. Not even a drop of water, which was remarkable since he spoke for so long.

Then the Warrior left.

After a moment or two the General looked up, then turned around to his first wife and smiled. He rose from his chair and held the hand of his First Wife and said, “Let us eat dinner.”

Morning came and the sound of a horse galloping was heard approaching the Palace-Justice Hall. It was the Warrior in full battle armor charging at the Palace. The guards and the servants quickly alerted the General, who got up and took one look at the charging Warrior. The General borrowed a crossbow from one of the guards and then shot the Warrior.

The Warrior fell dead from his horse.

And the old General went back to sleep.

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