(Translation) 2019 妻不欲尊
|Translator(s)||Participants of 2019 JSG Summer Hanmun Workshop (Intermediate Training Group)|
Student Translation : Kristina Kaltenbach
There was a literatus that took pleasure in flirting with courtesans.
His wife spoke to the literatus: “For what reason are men lukewarm to their wives but drown in courtesans?”
The literatus answered: “With wives it is proper for there to be respect for each other and differentiation of domains. You can respect each other but you cannot flirt. When it comes to courtesans, we give in to showing emotions and indulge in desire. Lascivious play, intimate amusement. There is no where you can’t go. If you respect, then you become distant. If you are intimate, then you become close. The principle is being so.”
The wife flaringly said: “Did I wish to be respected?” She beat him senselessly without end.
- Discussion Questions:
(YO) Well done--I think the light mood of a joke is rendered well here.