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The Thirty-Six Stratagems by Peter Taylor

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13. Stomp the grass to scare the snake

Do something unaimed, but spectacular to provoke a response of the enemy thereby giving away his plans or position, or just taunt him. Do something unusual, strange and unexpected as this will arouse the enemy’s suspicion and disrupt his thinking.

During the Qing Dynasty,9 there was a circuit court judge named Wang Shou Yu who had a deputy named Jhao Bo Ren. Because of a personal feud with the judge Jhao Bo Ren was looking for an opportunity to get revenge on his master. One day he bribed a guard to steal the judge’s seal and when Wang Shou Yu later found out what happened he could not arrest the deputy, as he had no evidence that Jhao Bo Ren stole the seal. And without the seal Wang Shou Yu could not ...

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