Cao Cao paid no heed, urging his horse forward.
上海龙凤 / 2018年10月11日

Cao Cao paid no heed, urging his horse forward. But he suddenly drew his sword and rode back after Lu Boshe. “Who is that coming along?” called Cao Cao. Lu Boshe turned and looked back, and Cao Cao at the same instant cut Lu Boshe down. Chen Gong was frightened. “We were wrong enough before,” cried Chen Gong. “What now is this?” “When he got home and saw his family killed, think you he would bear it patiently? If he had raised an alarm and followed us, we should have been killed.”   “To kill deliberately is very wrong,” said Chen Gong.   [e] Karl, a reader: “True, true…… [Cao Cao] has to do what he can to preserve the life of his saviour [Chen Gong], and continue the grand task, which is much more important than the lives of a few friends of his father. More lives will be lost in affairs of the state. Cao Cao is realistic, logical. Throughout the story, he just demonstrates the most appropriate path, for the grander purposes.” ……   [e] Matteo, a reader: “I think that Cao Cao is the Machiavelli’s Prince…… We cannot say he was cruel or evil…… He is, and Luo Guanzhong…

Cao Cao told him and said, “Had it not been for this man here with me
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Cao Cao told him and said, “Had it not been for this man here with me, I should have been already hacked to pieces.” Lu Boshe bowed low to Chen Gong, saying, “You are the salvation of the Cao family. But be at ease and rest, I will find you a bed in my humble cottage.” Lu Boshe then rose and went into the inner chamber where he stayed a long time. When he came out, he said, “There is no good wine in the house. I am going over to the village to get some for you.” And he hastily mounted his donkey and rode away. the two travelers sat a long time. Suddenly they heard at the back of the house the sound of sharpening a knife. Cao Cao said to Chen Gong, “He is not my real uncle. I am beginning to doubt the meaning of his going off. Let us listen.”   So they silently stepped out into a straw hut at the back.   Presently someone said, “Bind before killing, eh?”   “As I thought,” said Cao Cao. “Now unless we strike first, we shall be taken!”   Suddenly Cao Cao and Chen Gong dashed in, sword in hand,…

the Magistrate ordered Cao Cao to the prison till the morrow when
上海龙凤 / 2018年10月11日

the Magistrate ordered Cao Cao to the prison till the morrow when he could send Cao Cao to the capital and claim the reward. He gave the soldiers wine and food as a reward. About midnight the Magistrate sent a trusty servant to bring the prisoner into his private rooms for interrogation. “they say the Prime Minister treated you well. Why did you try to harm him?” said Magistrate. “How can swallows and sparrows understand the flight of the crane and the wild goose? I am your prisoner and to be sent to the capital for a reward. Why so many questions?” the Magistrate sent away the attendants and turning to the prisoner said, “Do not despise me. I am no mere hireling; only I have not yet found the lord to serve.” Said Cao Cao, “My ancestors enjoyed the bounty of Han, and should I differ from a bird or a beast if I did not desire to repay them with gratitude? I have bowed the knee to Dong Zhuo that thereby I might find an opportunity against him, and so remove this evil from the state. I have failed for this time. Such is the will of Heaven.”…

then they went out to look at the horse. Cao Cao was profuse
上海龙凤 / 2018年10月11日

then they went out to look at the horse. Cao Cao was profuse in his thanks and said he would like to try the horse. So Dong Zhuo bade the guards bring saddle and bridle. Cao Cao led the creature outside, leapt into the saddle, laid on his whip vigorously, and galloped away eastward. Lu Bu said, “Just as I was coming up, it seemed to me as if that fellow was going to stab you, only a sudden panic seized him and he presented the weapon instead.” “I suspected him too!” said Dong Zhuo. Just then Li Ru came in and they told him. “Cao Cao has no family here in the capital but lodges quite alone and not far away,” said Li Ru. “Send for him. If he comes forthwith, the sword was meant as a gift. But if he makes any excuses, he had bad intentions. And you can arrest him.”   they sent four prison warders to call Cao Cao.   they were absent a long time and then came back, saying, “Cao Cao had not returned to his lodging but rode in hot haste out of the eastern gate. To the gate commander’s questions he replied that…

“What good fortune for the world that this is so!” said Wang Yun.
爱上海 / 2018年10月11日

“What good fortune for the world that this is so!” said Wang Yun. With this Wang Yun himself poured out a goblet for Cao Cao who drained it and swore an oath. After this the treasured sword was brought out and given to Cao Cao who hid it under his dress. He finished his wine, took leave of the guests, and left the hall. Before long the others dispersed.   the next day Cao Cao, with this short sword girded on, came to the palace of the Prime Minister.   “Where is the Prime Minister?” asked he.   “In the small guest room,” replied the attendants.   So Cao Cao went in and found his host seated on a couch. Lu Bu was at his side.   “Why so late, Cao Cao?” said Dong Zhuo.   “My horse is out of condition and slow,” replied Cao Cao.   Dong Zhuo turned to his henchman Lu Bu.   “Some good horses have come in from the west. You go and pick out a good one as a present for him.” And Lu Bu left. “This traitor is doomed!” thought Cao Cao. He ought to have struck then, but Cao Cao knew Dong Zhuo was very powerful, and he was…