.Zhou Chu was born in Soochow, Yixing Village. He was very tall and strong when he was young, but relying on his power, he always bullied
populacethe common people of Yixing. One day, he was taking a walk in the village, and noticed that everyall the villagers were upset, so he grabbed an old man's collar and asked "The harvest is abundant this year, butwhat doare you guyspeople upset for?". "How can we be happy while the three scourges arestill exist?", the old man muttered. "What are the three scourges?", Zhou Chu said. "The white-fronted tiger in the southern mountain and the water dragon (A crocodile) under bridge plus you are the three scourges.", the old man said.
After Zhou Chu heard that he's one of the three scourges, he felt very embarrassed, so he decided to eliminate the other two scourges. He equipped himself with bow and sword, then went to the southern mountain. When he arrived at the deep forest of the southern mountain, the tiger sprung from a far distance. Zhou Chu hid behind a tree, and then pulled his bow back vigorously. He aimed at the tiger, then shot on its forehead. After he killed the tiger, he went down the mountain, and told villagers what he
havehad just done；after that, some hunters lifted the tiger's body out of the mountain. All villagers were so glad about it, but he said "There still exists the water dragon."
The next day, Zhou Chu dressed himself
with ain tights, and equippedgot his weapons, and then went to the bridge. He plunged into the river directly. The water dragon was hidden under thedeep ofin the river, and it attempted to bite Zhou Chu after it saw him. Zhou Chu stabbed it bywith his sword. The water dragon rangot away quickly after it got injured, so Zhou Chu traced onfollowed it. As the water dragon floated up, Zhou Chu floated up too；as the water dragon floated down, Zhou Chu floated down too. Three days later, Zhou Chu had already tracedtracked it for ten miles until it fainted byfrom a hemorrhage, and then he killed it.
On the forth day, Zhou Chu came back to the village, and thought that he
iswould be a hero from now on. But he heard that everyone was happy, because they misunderstood that the "three" scourges were extinct. He felt depressed, so he decided to leave home, and apprenticed himself to a famous academic named Lu Yun. He said to Lu Yun "I'm so repentanttruly regret that I wasted themost of my life. time.I want to engage myself tostart a greatnew career, but I'm afraid it's too late now." Lu Yun told him "Don't worry, because you have such a bigstrong determination. A person should be afraid of the lack of ambition instead of futility."
At the end, Zhou Chu studied assiduously under Lu Yun's teaching. Meanwhile, he improved his morals, and his studious spirit got acclaims from everyone. One year later,
the wholeall the local authorities around the states wererecommended him to be an official. After Soochow was conquered by the Tsin Dynasty, he became a well-known chancellor of this Dynasty.
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