Virtue Repaid: Son Rewarded for Father's Good Deed
(Minghui.org) A man named Zhao served as an assistant to the county commissioner during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 AD). A gentleman with a hereditary title of general was wrongfully imprisoned while Zhao was in office. Zhao did everything he could to redress the injustice.
After the gentleman regained his freedom, he felt obligated yet unable to repay the favor. He then came up with the idea of sending his daughter to be Zhao's concubine.
When the gentleman made the offer, Zhao put up his hand and said, “No, no. That won't do! You're of the hereditary class!” The gentleman tried to insist, but Zhao again put up his hand and gestured, “No, no. That won't do!”
At Zhao's insistence, the gentleman's offer was declined.
By 1618 during the Wanli Reign (1572 – 1620 AD), Zhao's son Bingzhong set out for the capital to take the imperial examination. Someone approached his sedan chair carried by servants and said, “The champion of the exam will be 'That Won't Do!'” The person repeated the line several times.
It turned out that Zhao Bingzhong did score the highest in the imperial exam.
When he mentioned the strange encounter to his father upon returning home, his father said, “It had to do with something that happened 20 years ago. I never told anyone about it. But, because of my good deed, you were blessed by the divine.”
Adapted from Valuable Reflections on Longevity and Health