A Man Upholding Unity
Ai Tuanjie stole into Lao Wang’s home quietly and whispered surrepti-t tiously to him, “Lao Wang, just ignore him. As the saying goes, a Prime Minister's heart is big enough for a boat to sail. So you needn’t bother to reason with him.”
Lao Wang blinked his eyes in bewilderment. He was busy making fiirniture and so he didn’t have the time to make any response.
“In fact，you must have heard about it,” he continued. “But you didn't pay any heed to it, I am sure. You are above all gossip.”
Lao Wang stooped to fix the plane.
Ai Tuanjie bent closer and went on, “You know, Lao Zhou said your nose is artificial.
Lao Wang let out a snort through his nose but kept silent.
Ai Tuanjie moved still closer, breathing hot air into Lao Wang’s ear, “Lao Zhou said your nose was picked up from among the rubbish heap in front of his house and stuck on to your face by the adhesive made of pig skin "
This remark finally made Lao Wang look up at him.
He then added, "Lao Zhou also said that you have sold your own nose to a profiteer without paying tax."
Lao Wang knit his brows.
“Don't get upset. Don’t, please! Ai Tuanjie hastened to console him. “We all know that your nose is first-rate. It is a rarity, an original one. What Lao said only proves his utter ignorance. You wouldn't mind, would you?
Lao Wang lowered his head again and began to wonder, “What on earth prompted Lao Zhou to talk behind my back like that?”
Ai tuanjie emphasized, “We must first of all uphold unity. Unity comes anything else.”
With these remarks, Ai Tuanjie left Lao Wang and went to “uphold unity” at Lao Zhou’s.