Stories from History: Dong Pu Made a Firm Resolution to Study

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There was a man named Dong Pu during the Ming dynasty, who was slow when he was young. He could only remember a few lines even when he studied all day long.

An elder in the neighborhood sympathized with him and told his father; “Your son is not so smart, why force him to study? Why not let him care for a herd of cattle!” Dong Pu felt deeply ashamed.

He therefore had someone draw a picture of a man herding cattle and put it nearby to encourage himself.

Dong Pu thus studied hard. When he grew up, he became a successful candidate in the highest imperial examination.

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