In old time, a family in the State of Chu held a sacrificial activity to their ancestors, and after that they rewarded the people who helped in the ceremony with the pot of wine used in it.
There were many helpers but only one pot of wine. Who will drink it?
Then someone suggested: “Let everyone draw a snake. Whoever draws fastest and most lifelike will get the pot of wine.”All people thought that was a good idea.
One man drew very fast. He finished it in the blink of an eye, and of course he was given the pot of wine.
At this moment, he saw that the others had not finished yet, so he wanted to flaunt (show off )his skill.
He said proudly: “How slow you are! Even though I give the snake more feet and you won’t finish it.” Holding the wine pot in his left hand, he began to add feet to the snake with his right hand.
When he was just adding feet to the snake, another man finished his drawing.
He grabbed the wine pot at once, saying: "A snake has no feet. How could you add feet to it? The first one who finished drawing a snake is I, not you."
Having said this(After saying this), the man drank off the wine.
We should keep our feet on the ground whatever we do, or it may lead a bad ending.
hold a sacrificial activity举行祭祀活动
in the blink of an eye 一眨眼的功夫
at once 立刻，马上
drink off 一饮而尽