A Paradoxical Story
There was an old woman in Liyang county. She was very kind and often did good deeds. One day, a young man went to her door to beg. The old woman helped him warmly, giving him the best food in her house. The boy was very grateful to her. Before he left, the boy said to the old woman: “You should go and check the country government office often. If you see blood on the threshold of its entrance, please run into the mountain to seek asylum as soon as possible.” The old woman asked why, but the boy left without answering.
The old woman took the boy at his word. She checked the threshold every day. Over time, a janitor asked her what she wanted to do. The old woman made no secret of it, telling the janitor what the boy said. The janitor laughed, he thought the old woman was crazy. One day, he decided to play a joke on her. The janitor rubbed chicken blood on the threshold. The old woman saw it and went into the mountain with her belongings.
In the evening of that same day, the land of Liyang county sank and formed a deep hole, killing everyone. It became a big lake. This was the origin of Liyang Lake.
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