His Unusual Patience
At Tuan Shan Dz Village in Jau-yang County, the wife of Mr. Gau, a stone miller, was known for her untidiness. Therefore nobody liked to work for her. Even when she found some workers, they would often leave in a few days. So the Gaus had to pay a high wage to hire men. Good Man Wang was seventeen years old then, and promised to work for them for three months. He hoped to make some money to help out his family. People tried to stop him, but he said, "I must carry through from the beginning to the end; I shall not quit half way like other people do."
On the first day at the job, he saw it was unspeakably dirty beneath the Gau's stove. Probably their water closet had not been washed even once that year , so people had to pinch their noses to stand the stink. And there were three babies whose excrement and urine had dropped anywhere in the room. The stone miller's wife would never clean up the excrement and urine, but simply covered it over with a piece of clothing whenever the workers stepped in to the room to take their meals. After they left, she would send in her dog to clean up the mess. She never bothered to wipe it clean, so the house was overwhelmed by the smell. It was unbearably filthy, and the flies were humming here and there. The food in the house was either spoiled or it stunk, and was totally inedible! The first three days at the job Good Man Wang could not eat his full even once. Afterwards, he made a vow that during the meals he would look at nothing, listen to nothing and smell nothing. He told himself, 1 shall be here for only three months. What would I do, if I had married a woman like her?" After that, every day Good Man Wang went into the garden to pick some vegetables for his food. He put his whole heart into his job and never showed the slightest bit of irritation or distaste in his speech or actions. Because of this his boss would tell people, "My worker is really a rare individual!" Upon hearing this, people in the neighborhood admired his unique patience and competed to hire him for their jobs.
To be continued