Returning the Jade Intact to Zhao-Ending
He walked toward the column, jade disc in hand, as if he were about to smash it. Fearing that he would damage the disc, Zhaoxiangwang apologized to him and showed him on a map the 15 cities that he said he would present to Zhao.
"Before sending the jade to you, the King of Zhao fasted for five days. He also held a grand ceremony in the main palace to part with the jade. If you are sincere, you should also fast for five days and hold a jade-reception ceremony in your main palace, where I would be glad to present the jade disc to you."
Zhaoxiangwang consented. After returning to his lodgings, Lin asked one of his valets to dress up as a merchant and take the jade disc back to Zhao along an unknown route.
Five days later, Zhaoxiangwang and his ministers were waiting in the main palace where a pompous ceremony was to be held to receive the jade disc, when Lin appeared. "I have fasted for five days," claimed the king, "now show me the jade."
"Since Duke Mugong, there have been no honest rulers in the Qin State," replied Lin, "I was afraid that I might be deceived and fail the King of Zhao. So I have sent back the jade. I beg for your punishment, Your Majesty."
Upon hearing these remarks, Zhaoxiangwang flew into a rage. "A universally acknowledged truth is that the strong can bully the weak, rather than the other way round," argued Lin. "If Your Majesty truly likes that piece of jade, you can cede 15 cities to Zhao first, and then send an envoy with me to fetch it. After acquiring the cities, the King of Zhao shall not dare to keep the jade from you."
Lin talked so confidently and eloquently that Zhao xiangwang found it inappropriate to tum hostile. "We had better allow Lin Xiangru to return to Zhao," he lamented. From then on, the king no longer brought up the cities-for-jade deal any more