1 My humpback eunuch has been dead for more than ten years, so that I have forgotten his real name. I only remember that everyone called him that when he was alive. He was a carpenter, because he had been bending over for years, so his back was humped, and his upper and lower parts were almost 90 degrees. The humpback eunuch’s craft is very good. The wooden tools he made are both beautiful and durable, so the villagers from far and near all make him wooden tools. Sometimes he went to work at home, and sometimes he bought wood to do at home. He was always busy and seldom saw him free. He likes smoking very much. What he smokes is a pipe made of bamboo, a thin bamboo pole, which connects the middle section and then digs a hole at the end to put tobacco shreds. Every time I finish my work, or in the space of work, I always take a few strokes to show the infinite enjoyment of life between throughput, and a leisurely and self-satisfied look looks very comfortable, it seems that I forgot my physical fatigue and the work to rush to work. He has four sons and two daughters. Maybe the carpenter was quite popular at that time, so he cultivated all his four sons into carpenters. After the eldest brother got married and started his career as a carpenter in the village. Because of his skillful craftsmanship, he soon became a strong rival to his father. Some neighbors wanted to make furniture or something, I don’t know who to do it for. Anyone who gives it will offend the other party. The carpenter who did not take long for the second child changed his career and entered the city to work in a foreign-funded enterprise. The third and the fourth went to Guangdong. The brothers drew some people together to form a decoration team, which was specially responsible for decorating suspended ceilings or making closet furniture. They brought the skills of humpback Eunuch out of the province and continued to carry forward in other places. His wife was always weak and sickly. In order to cure his wife, he searched all the villagers in the nearby villages and towns and used a lot of earthwork inquired. As a result, his wife’s illness was not relieved, on the contrary, it increases day by day. The helpless humpback eunuch worked with his head muffled everyday, and people gradually became silent. Hearing the painful groaning from his wife on the bed, the old man must be very sad in his heart. Sometimes he sat on the threshold in a daze; Sometimes he ignored the neighbors who greeted him and pretended not to hear him; sometimes a person looks at the distance and sighs. His helplessness and pain could not be shared by all his children and grandchildren. In fact, it was rare for his son and wife to ask him that everyone lived their own lives, turning a blind eye like outsiders. 2 Life continued like this. I don’t know how long it took. Suddenly one day there came the voice of humpback eunuch crying loudly. The villagers didn’t know what happened and gathered around to find out what happened. Finally, under the comfort of the crowd, he stopped crying and sobbed, “My wife has gone. She left before me, leaving me alone in this world, since then, there is no more dependence. Perhaps it was the conscience of his sons who found that his wife’s funeral was so beautiful. Next was the problem of the humpback eunuch. The sons gathered together to discuss who on earth the old man lived. As a result, people were reluctant to support their father by themselves, so they had to come up with the method of taking turns to take care of their four sons. After that, I often saw the humpback eunuch holding bedding clothes. After the expiration of his residence, he moved from one son’s home to another son’s home. The Life seemed to be calm. But what people didn’t find was that there was no smile on the face of the humpback eunuch any more, and only the lonely figure was left to wear in this village. Since I was moved into the family of my sons, my humpback eunuch didn’t take the job. The property he had accumulated in his whole life was quite rich, and there was no need to worry about food and clothing at all, these savings can not only support him till his end of life, but also leave a large legacy for his descendants. But the sons only wanted to have the right to inherit the old man’s property, but refused to fulfill the obligation of supporting the old man. So every time it was their turn to support his father, they were very mean to him, instead of spending on the old man’s daily expenses, he tried every means to cut the old man’s oil and water. He was also very indifferent to the old man spiritually, and he didn’t care about the old man at ordinary times. He didn’t deliver tea or water when he was ill. He was very lonely. Therefore, careful villagers always find that once the old man is wronged, or he is lonely and hard to leave, he always goes to his wife’s grave alone to cry for a long time, and he is sad to complain with his wife, talking about the previous things, he didn’t go back to his still poor days with red and swollen eyes until he cried out tears and spit out the unhappiness in his heart. 3 The humpback eunuch finally couldn’t bear the coldness of his son and wife. Without getting everyone’s consent, he quietly found a piece of land and invited a stonemason to build a small tile house, on the day when the new house was completed, he packed up his personal belongings and prepared to move to the new house to live alone. At that time, his daughter-in-law changed her usual indifference and forced a smile from her face to persuade him to stay. The humpback Eunu: no need. I’m really sorry to have been bothering you for so long. I ‘d better move to live by myself. I won’t bother you any more in the future. In fact, he also knew clearly in his heart that the retention of his wife was just a gesture. She was afraid of others gossiping and others mistaking that she drove his eunuch away, so she pretended to retain her. After moving to his new home, he felt like he was liberated from bondage. He suddenly felt that he had a lot of spirit and could finally live a free life. At least, don’t look at others’ faces, don’t be hurt by others’ cold words any more. I cooked and washed myself. When I was happy, I played a erhu song and even sang a few words. When I was lonely, I took out my pipe and smoked a few bites. A familiar smell that I hadn’t seen for a long time came to my heart, the days seemed to go back to the past: he put down his busy work and sat among a pile of wood chips smoking quietly. Only when he heard the sound of his wife shouting for dinner from the kitchen, did he extinguish the fireworks, knock a cigarette Pan, get up and go in for dinner. Such a quiet day didn’t last long, and rumors came from the village. The general idea was that the humpback eunuch lived alone and his sons didn’t care about it. This kind of behavior was really chilling, this kind of descendants are really not filial. The fingers of the villagers finally made the sons unable to bear it. They negotiated to take the old man back home and take care of him according to the previous way of taking turns to support him. Before this, the humpback eunuch would follow their wishes and go with them obediently. But now he has suffered the cold words from his daughter-in-law, I don’t want to go back to the past days or under their desolate eaves any more. Faced with the insistence of the humpback eunuch, the sons did nothing but leave a sentence coldly that they no longer cared about you. In a twinkling of an eye, it has entered late autumn, and the weather is getting cold day by day. Outside the autumn wind rustled, humpback gong just sat on the bed thinking about things, suddenly the youngest wife opened the door, stood in front of his bed, hesitantly said to him: the forest is not small, I discussed with my child’s father about building a new house, and then the child could use it when he got married, but I still need a little money, could you lend me some, and then I will pay you back. The humpback eunuch thought that this grandson was quite good. He not only had good academic performance, but also was very filial to his elders. He often cried with his grandfather’s eldest grandfather’s short voice. Sometimes he was afraid that he would be alone, he also came to chat with Grandpa, play chess, and even quarreled with his parents, blaming them for treating grandpa too indifferent and unfilial. Therefore, among many grandchildren, only one has a good impression on this child. So without saying anything, he turned out a shabby dress from the cabinet, took out money from his pocket and handed it to his wife, and told her never to let others know. My daughter-in-law received the money, and then she left with satisfaction. 4 a few days later, the youngest son of the humpback eunuch started to build a house, digging foundations, buying materials and inviting stonemasons. Everything was going on in an orderly manner. The humpback eunuch always went to the site several times every day to check how the project was going, whether the masters were meticulous in workmanship, or to help them do what they could. Only in this way could he feel steadfast in his heart. Although this son was not filial to himself, his son built a new house, which made him proud in the village, and his face also had luster, what’s more, I built it for my baby grandson. Of course, I have to do my best. This morning, the humpback eunuch was helping on the construction site. The eldest daughter-in-law came over and said to the humpback eunuch: Dad, let me tell you something. My nephew was admitted to college, his father couldn’t afford the tuition, so he borrowed it from me. How could I have money? I had to think of some way. You see, can you lend me 5000 yuan? I will pay you back later. How can I have money? You also know that I haven’t taken the job for a long time. You ‘d better think of other ways. My humpback eunuch said as he piled bricks. Outsiders don’t know, I don’t know yet. You have worked as a carpenter all your life and saved so much money. As the saying goes, money is never brought to death, you are so old, what’s wrong with helping the younger generation. The big wife said with displeasure. It took me a lifetime of hard work to save these few dollars. My son is unreliable. Can’t I keep it for old age? How do you treat me? Everyone is obvious to all. When I was sick, who of you took care of me in front of the bed? When I was sad, who of you comforted me? You were so unfilial, don’t expect any benefit from me. Grandpa humpback said angrily. Don’t deceive me. Little Lin Zi didn’t ask you for money the other day, or she wouldn’t have the ability to build a new house. You are too eccentric. The youngest son is the son, did the eldest son pick it up. You can see which parent is not dedicated to helping his children and contributing to them. You are good. You have saved so much money and did not help your son, are you going to die and bring it into the coffin to give flowers to the dead. The eldest daughter-in-law stood on the mound with her hands crossed, and said angrily to her humpback eunuch. The humpback eunuch turned pale instantly, pointing at the big wife with trembling fingers and saying: you, you, your unfilial wife, even if I die, I will not leave you any property. After saying that, he shook his body and ran away angrily. The eldest daughter-in-law still refused to give up, pointing at the back of the humpback eunuch and scolding, “What’s the big deal with your bad money? I won’t handle your funeral affairs even if you die. In the evening, there was a light rain in the sky. The cold autumn wind blew the sparse pine trees on the mountain, making a rustling sound. The small mountain village fell into the cool autumn wind and became more and more sad. People stay in warm homes without leaving home. At this moment, only the humpback eunuch was caught in the rain, staying alone on the mountain, sitting in front of his wife’s tomb and crying. He held his wife’s tombstone and said intermittently: I have really made a lifetime of sin, after giving birth to these unworthy descendants, I worked so hard to bring them up, but in the end I failed to end well. My wife, why did you leave me so early and suffer in the world alone, you wait, I am coming, come to accompany you. The autumn wind raging across the hillside, blowing the sound of trees wailing, and the sound of humpback eunuch wailing, disappeared in the dark night together. I didn’t see the figure of the humpback eunuch for several days. His children and grandchildren searched everywhere. Finally, in a small river in front of the next village, everyone found a corpse, which had already floated on the river. The humpback eunuch left like this, with the missing for his wife and the hard work of his whole life, and left forever, leaving only a bleak topic and a tragic story for people.

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