All right, I decided to go with the commentaries, hopefully it won't make things too long and boring for you guys. I just started into the introduction written by Lionel Giles, so here goes.
Mr. Giles, quoting from an earlier biography has this to say about Sun Tzu
“Sun Tzu Wu was a native of the Ch’i state. His ART OF WAR brought him to the notice of Ho Lu, King of Wu.”
Woah, I’m getting serious The Twelve Kingdoms
Anyway, apparently Ho Lu called up Sun Tzu (It rhymes!) and said “Hey I read your book and I liked it. I see you can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?”
Sun Tzu said “Yes.”
Ho Lu pulled an incomprehensible move. “Can do it with women?” Maybe he wanted to make it harder, maybe all the guys were out warring for the benefit of home and hearth, and maybe it was just a joke. Either way Sun Tzu didn’t care. He just gave another yes.
Anyway Sun Tzu got a bunch of the king’s concubines, instructed them on basic commands and then proceeded to start working on drills. The girls, and I quote, burst out laughing
.” Sun Tzu reacted with remarkable patience and just started over, in case his orders weren’t clear.
Honestly, I was expecting some Tough Love
or Training from Hell
here, but nope, he just started working with them again.
The girls started laughing again. Jeeze girls are you completely brainless? Don’t you recognize that you’re Tempting Fate
something awful? And he orders the two company leaders executed. Wow, that is an awfully…final punishment
. I don’t know whether to call him a Complete Monster
or praise him for shutting up the girls. Even through the filter of very few words and a couple thousand years they are unbearably annoying
. I can only imagine what it was like for him.
Oh wait, the king says “Ok, you’ve proven yourself, now please don’t kill my two favorite concubines.” Good job king
Holy crap, he just flat out told the king no…and he got away with it! I cannot for the life of me comprehend why this guy wasn’t immediately taken and beheaded. Is Ho Lu a puppet king? Unsurprisingly, the girls are a little more willing to shut up and follow orders now. Remind me to never join the army.
Sun Tzu informs the king that his troops are now ready for inspection, but the king says “Good job, but I don’t want to do that.” I can’t help but wonder, is that laziness, or prudently keeping himself away from the ax crazy general with two companies of completely loyal fem-stormtroopers?
Sun Tzu’s reply: “The King is only fond of words, and cannot translate them into deeds.”
Holy Mother of Lain, he survived firing off a direct insult at a ruling monarch
, and got PROMOTED. After that the king took Sun Tzu into his service and started putting him to good use.
And that's all I can do for now, I'll continue with the introduction later. I hope you keep reading.
edited 17th Mar '10 10:23:27 AM by CDRW