Page:Sun Tzu on The art of war.djvu/184

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  1. 故善用兵譬如率然率然者常山之蛇也擊其首則尾至擊其尾則首至擊其中則首尾俱至

But let them once be brought to bay, and they will display the courage of a Chu or a Kuei.

29. The skillful tactician may be likened to the shuai-jan. Now the shuai-jan is a snake that is found in the Ch'ang mountains.