成語故事

To Have So Much Fun That One Forgets About Shu

Liou Shan, son of Liou Bei, was ruler of the kingdom of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms Period. He was a coward who cared only about amusing himself and knew nothing about ruling a country.

One time, the kingdom of Wei attacked Shu and took Liou Shan prisoner.

The people of Wei gave Liou Shan the title "Duke of peace and Happiness", and took him to live in their capital. Liou Shan had so much fun in the Wei capital that he soon forgot he was the ruler of a defeated kingdom. One day, Sz-ma Jau, a very powerful Wei general, invited Liou Shan over to dinner. Sz-ma Jau intenetionally hired some people to perform traditional Shu songs and plays at dinner, in order to insult Liou Shan. When Liou Shan's subordinates heard the music and saw the plays of their homeland, they grew very sad. Only Liou Shan was completely unaffected, and continued drinking wine and being merry. When Sz-ma Jau asked him, "Don't you miss Shu?" Liou Shan laughed and replied, "I'm having so much fun here; of course I don't miss Shu." And so Sz-ma Jau had even less respect for Liou Shan.

Today, when a person is enjoying himself so much that he forgets about his home and his work, we can say that he "is having so much fun that he has forgotten about Shu."

樂不思蜀

「樂不思蜀」是起源於我國三國時代的故事。劉備去世後,由兒子劉禪繼位,劉禪的小名叫阿斗,是個愚笨無能的人。一開始,由於有諸葛亮等有才能的人輔佐,所以還沒有什麼大問題。後來,這些賢人先後去世,蜀國也就很快的被魏國滅了,劉禪因此投降被俘。他投降後,被安排到魏國的京城許昌居住,並且封為安樂公。有一次,魏國的大將軍司馬昭請他喝酒,當筵席進行得酒酣耳熱時。司馬昭說:「安樂公,您離開蜀地已經很久了,因此我今天特別安排了一場富有蜀國地方色彩的舞蹈,讓你回味回味啊!」這場舞蹈跳得劉禪身旁的部屬們非常難過,更加想念他們的家鄉。然而唯獨安樂公劉禪依然談笑自若,絲毫沒有難過的表情。司馬昭問道:「你還想不想回西蜀的家鄉呢?」劉禪答道:「這裡有歌有舞,又有美酒好喝,我怎麼捨得回西蜀國呢!」很不錯的事唷!


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