Weisheng Gao

Many commentators believe that Weisheng Gao (微生高) was the same individual cited in the Zhuangzi (莊子) and other Warring States texts as a paragon of rectitude. According to the popular tale, he arranged a date with a maiden under a bridge, and when she didn’t turn up because it was raining up stubbornly waited for her until he was drowned in a flood.

Weisheng may not have got the girl, but he subsequently became famous for being “upright” because of his refusal to break his promise to the girl even though she didn’t make it to their assignation.

Appearances in the Analects of Confucius
Book 5, Chapter XXIV

Book 5
Chapter XXIV
子曰:「孰謂微生高直?或乞醯焉,乞諸其鄰而與之。」
Confucius said: “Who said that Weisheng Gao was upright? When someone asked him for vinegar, he went and begged for some from his neighbor and then gave it to them as though it was his own gift.”

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