Covering One's Ears While Stealing a Bell
Mr. Wang thinks he is clever, but he always does [en]foolish
One day he sees a beautiful bell at the top of a door. "Oh! How nice! I will take it home." He thinks, "What can I do?" After a while he has a "good" idea. "Aha! I have an idea now. I can plug my ears. Then I will not hear the ring when I take off the bell."
Then he does so. But as soon as he takes off the bell, the owner opens the door. "What are you doing?" the owner says angrily.
At the time when Fan, a nobleman
of the state of Jin, became a fugitive
, a commoner found a bell and wanted to carry it off on his back.
But the bell was too big for him.
[/en]When he tried to knock it into pieces with a hammer there was a loud clanging sound. [/en]
He was afraid that someone will hear the noise and take the bell from him, so he immediately
stopped his own ears.
To worry about other people hearing the noise is understandable
, but to worry about himself hearing the noise (as if stopping his own ears would prevent other people from hearing) is absurd