Short story: A suitable heir 短篇小说:一个合适的继承人

Once there was an old emperor in china.
The emperor did not have either a son or a daughter.
The old emperor wanted to find a suitable heir.
So there was an announcement throughout the empire.
It was announced that the emperor is looking for a suitable heir.
All the children were invited to take part in a test.
So on a school holiday, all the children collected at the venue.
Each child was handed a seed to plant in a pot and care for one year.
At the end of one year, all the participants would gather again and the emperor would inspect the result of their efforts.
All the children carried the seeds home carefully and did what they thought best.
One particular boy, called Ling filled a pot with good soil.
He sowed the seed with great care and watered it for a month.
The next month, he added some nutrients to the pot containing the seed.
He tried to put the pot in a place where it would get the morning sunshine.
He tried adding different things that were supposed to be good for plants.
But the seed did not germinate.
Ling was crestfallen.
As the year was ending, Ling found it difficult to accept the result.
He was probably too careless or ignorant to adequately care for the royal seed.
His dear mother and father understood his predicament.
They always wanted him to be honest.
At the end of one year, all the children went to the venue again.
As Ling walked to this place, he saw many children with their parents.
All these children carried beautiful pots with small plants in them.
Some had small plants with a few leaves in them.
Some children had beautiful green plants with a flower or two.

Ling did not see another child like himself who was carrying a pot without a plant inside.
Ling looked at his mother who looked back at him with reassurance and love.
At the large ground, the emperor walked by each pot and inspected each with interest.
He would often stop and talk to the children and ask their names.
As the emperor passed by Ling, he paused for a moment and asked his name.
Then he carried on to the next child and then the next.
The children with the green plants with red, orange or pink flowers beamed as they showed these off.
Ling saw the emperor returning towards him and was surprised when his pot was picked up.
As the emperor held the empty pot high, all the gathered children started laughing.
The emperor raised his hand and everyone went quiet.
Let me tell you dear children, he said.
And listen dear parents.
An year back I gave each of you a seed after boiling them in water for some time.
This greenery that I see around me is beautiful.
But most beautiful is honesty and courage.
Ling is honest as he did not switch the seed.
Ling is courageous as he did not hide the result of his efforts.
Only Ling is fit to be my heir and the future emperor.

曾经有一位在中国的老皇帝。
皇帝没有儿子或女儿
老皇帝想找一个合适的继承人。
所以整个帝国都有一个宣布。
据宣布,皇帝正在寻找合适的继承人。
所有的孩子都被邀请参加考试。
所以在学校假期,所有的孩子都在会场收集。
给每个孩子一颗种子。
他们被告知将种子种植在一个罐子里并照顾一年。
在一年结束时,所有参与者将再次聚集,皇帝将检查他们的努力结果。
所有的孩子都把种子带回家,做了他们认为最好的事情。
一个特别的男孩,名叫凌填充了一个土壤好的锅。
他小心翼翼地播下种子并浇灌了一个月。
接下来的一个月,他在含有种子的锅中加入了一些营养素。
他试图把锅放在一个可以让早晨的阳光照射的地方。
他尝试添加一些本来应该对植物有益的东西。
但种子没有发芽。
凌是垂头丧气的。
随着年底的结束,Ling发现很难接受结果。
他可能太粗心或无知,无法充分照顾王室种子。
他亲爱的母亲和父亲了解他的困境。
他们总是希望他说实话。
在一年结束时,所有的孩子再次去了会场。
当凌走到这个地方时,他和父母一起看了很多孩子。
所有这些孩子都带着装有小植物的美丽花盆。
有些植物有小植物,里面有几片叶子。
有些孩子有一两朵花的美丽绿色植物。
凌没有看到像他一样的另一个孩子,他带着一个没有植物的锅。
凌看着他的母亲,他以安慰和爱心回望着他。
在大地上,皇帝走过每个锅,并感兴趣地检查每个锅。
他经常会停下来和孩子们交谈并询问他们的名字。
当皇帝经过凌,他停了一会儿,问了他的名字。
然后他继续下一个孩子然后继续下一个孩子。
带着红色,橙色或粉红色花朵的绿色植物的孩子们在展示这些花朵时会发出光芒。
凌看到皇帝回到他身边,他的锅被拿起后感到很惊讶。
当皇帝高举空锅时,所有聚集的孩子都开始大笑。
皇帝举起手,每个人都安静下来。
亲爱的孩子,让我告诉你,他说。
亲爱的父母们。
一年前,我在水中煮了一段时间后给了你们每个人种子。
我在我身边看到的绿色植物是美丽的。
但最美丽的是诚实和勇气。
凌是诚实的,因为他没有切换种子。
凌是勇敢的,因为他没有掩饰他努力的结果。
只有凌才适合成为我的继承人和未来的皇帝。

Please do point out any errors; 请指出任何错误

2 thoughts on “Short story: A suitable heir 短篇小说:一个合适的继承人

    1. Thank you Maneesh. I read this several years back and told to my son at bedtime. Stories on such themes are available at a number of sites; you just have to google some key words.

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