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Mao Sui Recommended Himself

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During the latter stage of the Warring States period, in 260 BC, in Chang Ping Battle, state Qin army under the command of Bai Qi won a decisive victory over state Zhao army, which made Zhao lost nearly 400,000 soldiers. The following year, Qin army attacked Han Dan, the capital of Zhao.

Due to lack of soldiers, the king of Zhao had to send his younger brother, Prince Ping Yuan, to seek assistance from State Chu. The Prince decided to pick twenty men who were both talented in literature and good at Kung Fu from his retainers. But he could only find 19 such men. A retainer named Mao Sui, hearing of this, walked to Prince Ping Yuan and said, "My lord, I heard you need to find 20 attendants to go to Chu with you. Now only one less, I offer myself to this task."

Prince Ping Yuan asked: "How long have you been with me?"

" Three years," Mao Sui answered.

Prince Ping Yuan said, "A talent is like an awl in a bag. Its point soon pierces through the bag. You have been here with me for three years but yet nobody has mentioned you to me, and I haven't heard of anything about you. I think this is because you are not a man of ability. You had better stay behind!"

Mao Sui replied, "My lord, today, I am here just to ask you to put me into your bag. If you have had done it, the whole awl, not only its point, would have pierced through. "

Prince Ping Yuan was convinced and accepted his request.

No sooner had they arrived in Chu, than Prince Ping Yuan went to see the king of Chu. The meeting dragged on for hours, but the king of Chu cannot yet make up his mind to unit Zhao against Qin. (This was because Chu was utterly defeated by Qin a couple of decades ago) At this point, Mao Sui walked up to the king of Chu and said loudly:" Sending troops to help Zhao is either gain or loss. It is a easy thing. Why hesitate so long? "

Being interrupted suddenly, the king of Chu got angry. He asked Prince Ping Yuan: "Who is this man?"

"This is my attendant." Prince Ping Yuan replied:

 
The king yelled at Mao Sui: "I am talking with your master. How dare you, a servant, interrupt us?"

Seeing the king was furious, Mao Sui, instead of standing back, walked even closer to him. With one hand on the sword, Mao Sui said to the king:" Your Majesty, the reason you have the courage to yell at me is simply because you are the king with many bodyguards. But now you and I are so close that no one can protect you from me. Your Majesty, your life is in my hands."

The king was scared and had to listened to Mao Sui quietly.

Mao Sui continued:" Tang Wu (the founder of Shang Dynasty) and King Wen (the father of the founder of Zhou Dynasty) both started with small states, but they ended up building their own Dynasty. Now your state, Chu, is a strong state with more than a million of warriors and a vast expanse of cultivated land. By these you can dominate the world. But your army was shamefully defeated by Bai Qi, a nobody (in fact, Bai Qi was the most capable and famous general of Qin); and your capital was occupied and burned by Qin's soldiers. The humiliations that Qin caused to you and your ancestors are so huge even we, people from Zhao, feel ashamed of you, while you are insensible to these. Now we are here to offer an alliance with Chu against Qin. It is for Chu rather than for Zhao, but you are so tardy in stating your position. What right do you have to yell at me in front of my master?"

Mao Sui's words made the king very embarrassed but in the mean time aroused the fight within him. So the king, Prince Ping Yuan and Mao Sui licked the blood of animal and swear to fight together against Qin. Three months later, the allied forces of Zhao and Chu defeated Qin's army and saved Han Dan.

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