1. Yang Ho wished to see Confucius, but
Confucius would not go to see him. On this, he sent a present of a pig to
Confucius, who, having chosen a time when Ho was not at home, went to pay his
respects for the gift. He met him, however, on the way.
2. Ho said to Confucius, 'Come, let me speak
with you.' He then asked, 'Can he be called benevolent who keeps his jewel in
his bosom, and leaves his country to confusion?' Confucius replied, 'No.' 'Can
he be called wise, who is anxious to be engaged in public employment, and yet
is constantly losing the opportunity of being so?' Confucius again said, 'No.'
'The days and months are passing away; the years do not wait for us.' Confucius
said, 'Right; I will go into office.'