The stonemason – Dongeng Bahasa Inggris

The stonemason - Dongeng Bahasa Inggris

The stonemason – Dongeng Bahasa Inggris

The stonemason - Dongeng Bahasa Inggris

The stonemason – Dongeng Bahasa Inggris

The stonemason

Once upon a time in a small town in the land of China there lived a stonemason. Using hammers and chisels he crafted ornaments, statues and grave stones out of rock. He was very good at his job, and people all around admired his craftsmanship and artistry.

One day he was summoned to the house of a very rich man who wanted him to carve a large number of statues in honour of his ancestors. The stonemason did a very good job, and was paid handsomely. But he was very impressed by his patron’s wealth, he admired the large palatial house, the servants who were always there to see to every whim of their master, and the rich variety of the food served up all day long. In fact the more he dwelt on it the more envious he became, and he compared his own lifestyle with that of the rich man. He decided he wanted to be rich and started wondering about how to achieve this.

Now at that time in China there were many spirits, almost as many as there were people in fact, and some of them had magical powers. One of them had been following the stonemason and decided to grant him his wish. The next day the stonemason woke up and found he lived in a palace of a house, and servants were all around, bringing him water and towels for his bath and sumptuous dishes or his breakfast. The stonemason was very happy; he dressed in the finest silks and spent his days wondering about the town and the surrounding countryside at great leisure.

One day he woke up to a great commotion outside in the street. A high administrator was passing through the town, accompanied by a small army of civil servants and drummers to announce his arrival. The high administrator was carried on a high chair, and as he passed all the people bowed and kowtowed to him. The stonemason had come outside and watched the procession. As the high administrator passed him he kept standing tall, why should I bow to this man? he thought. I have just as much money as he has, and just as many servants, more, in fact! But the high administrator was very angry with the stonemason for not showing the respect he felt should be accorded a man of his status, and ordered his men to arrest him. They took the stonemason outside the town and administered a beating to him, so severe that he was still lying in the dust when his servants came to find him and carried him home.

The stonemason was lying in his bed, nursing his wounds, thinking that it must be a good life to be a high administrator. I might be rich and have a lot of money, he thought, but they have all the power. He wished he could be one of them.

Terjemahan

Suatu ketika di sebuah kota kecil di tanah Cina hiduplah seorang tukang batu. Dengan menggunakan palu dan pahat, ia membuat ornamen, patung, dan batu nisan dari batu. Dia sangat pandai dalam pekerjaannya, dan orang-orang di sekitarnya mengagumi keahlian dan keahliannya.

Suatu hari dia dipanggil ke rumah seorang pria yang sangat kaya yang ingin dia mengukir sejumlah besar patung untuk menghormati leluhurnya. Tukang batu melakukan pekerjaan yang sangat baik, dan dibayar mahal. Tapi dia sangat terkesan dengan kekayaan pelindungnya, dia mengagumi rumah megah besar, para pelayan yang selalu ada untuk melihat setiap tingkah tuan mereka, dan beragam makanan yang disajikan sepanjang hari. Bahkan, semakin dia memikirkan hal itu, semakin iri dia, dan dia membandingkan gaya hidupnya sendiri dengan gaya hidup pria kaya itu. Dia memutuskan ingin menjadi kaya dan mulai bertanya-tanya bagaimana cara mencapainya.

Sekarang pada waktu itu di Tiongkok ada banyak roh, hampir sama banyaknya dengan orang pada kenyataannya, dan beberapa dari mereka memiliki kekuatan magis. Salah satu dari mereka telah mengikuti sang tukang batu dan memutuskan untuk mengabulkan keinginannya. Keesokan harinya tukang batu terbangun dan mendapati dia tinggal di istana sebuah rumah, dan para pelayan ada di sekitar, membawakannya air dan handuk untuk mandi dan piring mewah atau sarapannya. Tukang batu itu sangat senang; dia mengenakan sutra terbaik dan menghabiskan hari-harinya bertanya-tanya tentang kota dan pedesaan di sekitarnya pada waktu luang.

Suatu hari dia terbangun karena keributan besar di luar di jalan. Seorang administrator tinggi sedang melewati kota, disertai oleh pasukan kecil pegawai negeri dan penabuh genderang untuk mengumumkan kedatangannya. Administrator tinggi itu digendong di atas kursi tinggi, dan ketika dia melewati semua orang membungkuk dan membungkuk kepadanya. Tukang batu telah datang ke luar dan menyaksikan prosesi. Ketika administrator tinggi melewatinya, dia terus berdiri tegak, mengapa saya harus tunduk pada pria ini? dia pikir. Saya memiliki uang sebanyak yang dia miliki, dan juga banyak pelayan, bahkan lebih banyak! Tetapi pejabat tinggi itu sangat marah dengan tukang batu itu karena tidak menunjukkan rasa hormat yang menurutnya harus diberikan kepada pria dengan statusnya, dan memerintahkan orang-orangnya untuk menangkapnya. Mereka mengambil tukang batu di luar kota dan memberikan pemukulan kepadanya, begitu parah sehingga dia masih terbaring di debu ketika pelayannya datang untuk menemukannya dan membawanya pulang.

Tukang batu itu berbaring di tempat tidurnya, merawat lukanya, berpikir bahwa itu harus menjadi kehidupan yang baik untuk menjadi administrator yang tinggi. Saya mungkin kaya dan punya banyak uang, pikirnya, tetapi mereka memiliki semua kekuatan. Dia berharap bisa menjadi salah satu dari mereka.

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