Choosing a Son-in-law by Eating Porridge
Once upon a time,
at Nanxi River there was a rich man
who had a daughter who was very beautiful.
He wanted to find a husband for his daughter.
The word got out
A lot of young people got excited.
Those people all hired matchmakers and came to negotiate [as part of the matchmaking process].
Some came from wealthy families,
some came from a family of officials,
some had relatives who were great scholars.
This rich man was overwhelmed [lit. \"his eyes went out of focus (from looking at a lot)\"]
He couldn\'t decide
So he had his daughter decide for herself
The rich man\'s daughter thought for three days and three nights and still had no idea
Soon, it was almost the day for meeting the suitors.
One morning, the rich man
knocked at her daughter\'s door
and asked her what she wanted to do.
She did not sleep well that night.
She was really dizzy.
Her eyes were bad.
Her ears were ringing.
She thought her dad was asking her what she wanted to eat for a snack.
So she said, eat porridge.
The rich man heard her clearly
and thought this was very bizarre
Still, he had no other ideas
so he went with her idea.
On the day for meeting the suitors to choose the son-in-law,
many young men came from the area to ask to marry [the rich man\'s daughter].
There were also a lot of people there just for fun.
In the crowds, there was also a young guy who herded cows
who was very handsome [lit. \"clear eyebrows and handsome eyes\"]
Because he grew up with the rich man\'s daughter
he also decided come to see what was going on.
He suddenly heard this rich man call out his name.
So he blindly responded.
There were a lot of people with the same name or same surname.
The rich man was actually calling the name of someone else.
But that other young man did not show up.
So this young man went in in the other\'s place.
don\'t need to be early [idiom].
You don\'t need to be early if you are lucky. [idiom; literally \"if lucky, don\'t need early morning\"].
Later, there were only three people there.
The other two were both famous people.
They got ready to determine who wins through a porridge-eating competition.
Every person got a big bowl of boiling hot white rice porridge.