The Master discusses with his disciples and unveil his preoccupations with society. Tr. Legge (en), Lau (en) and Couvreur (fr).
How Confucius could be "not at home," and yet give intimation to the visitor of his presence.
Zû Pei wished to see Confucius, but Confucius declined, on the ground of being sick, to see him. When the bearer of this message went out at the door, (the Master) took his lute and sang to it, in order that Pei might hear him.
Ju Pei wanted to see Confucius. Confucius declined to see him on the grounds of illness. As soon as the man conveying the message had stepped out of the door, Confucius took his lute and sang, making sure that he heard it.
Jou Pei désirait voir Confucius. Confucius s'excusa sous prétexte de maladie. Lorsque celui qui porta cette réponse au visiteur eut passé la porte de la maison, Confucius, prenant son luth, se mit à jouer et à chanter, afin que Jou Pei l'entendît1.
The Analects of Confucius – Lun Yu XVII. 20. (467) – Chinese off/on – Français/English
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