A bird startled by the mere1 twang of a bow-string
During the time of the Warring States ， there lived a well-known archer2 named Geng Ying whose art in shooting was excelled by none at his time.
One day， as he was standing3 by the side of the King of Wei， a flock of swan geese were flying over. With confidence， Geng Ying said to the king， "The twang of my bow-string might bring down a bird." then a solitary4 swan goose appeared， low and slow in its flight， sad and 5 in its cry. Instantly Geng Ying bended his bow and forcibly pulled the bowstring. Twang! High up went he shrilling6 sound into the air and down fell the bird to the ground. The king admired with bewilderment. Gang Ying then explained: "The bird was flying low and slow， it was already hurt; it was crying in a bitter tone， it had lost its companions. Due to the fact that it was already hurt and sad at heart， the twang of my strong bow， that birds dreaded7 most， startled it. The shrilling sound made its heart beat fast， its wings weak， its balance uneven8 as a man drops his chop-sticks， at the thunder-stroke， at a dinner table." the idiom "A bird startled by the mere twang of a bow-string"， 9 a case where a man who had been 10 and repeatedly frightened became numb11 and stupefied by a new thing of the same nature not knowing how to face the new situation.