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  清代咸丰年间有个武官叫张曜,因苦战有功,被提拔为河南布政使。

  In Xianfeng Period of Qing Dynasty, there was a military official named Zhang Yao, who was promoted to be a political envoy of Henan Province because of his hard work and meritorious service.

  他自幼失学,没有文化,常受朝臣歧视,御使刘毓楠说他“目不识丁”,因此改任他为总兵。

  He was out of school since childhood, without culture and often discriminated by courtiers. Liu Yunan, the imperial envoy, said that he was "illiterate", so he was appointed as the general.

  张曜从此立志要好好读书,使自己能文能武。

  From then on, Zhang Yao determined to study hard and make himself capable of writing and martial arts.

  张曜想到自己的妻子很有文化,回到家要求妻子教他念书。

  Zhang Yao thought that his wife was very literate and asked her to teach him to study at home.

  妻子说:“要教是可以的,不过要有一个条件,就是要行拜师之礼,恭恭敬敬地学。”

  ”The wife said, "it's OK to teach, but there must be one condition. It's a rite of worship and respectful study."

  张曜满口应承,马上穿起朝服,让妻子坐在孔子牌位前,对她行三拜九叩之礼。

  Zhang Yao was full of promises. He immediately put on his court clothes and asked his wife to sit in front of the Confucius memorial tablet and worship her three times and knock nine times.

  从此以后,凡公余时间,都由妻子教他读经史。

  From then on, his wife taught him to read classics and history in his spare time.

  每当妻子一摆老师的架子,他就躬身肃立听训,不敢稍有不敬。

  Whenever his wife put on the teacher's airs, he would bow to listen to the training and dare not be disrespectful.

  与此同时,他还请人刻了一方“目不识丁”的印章,经常佩在身上自警。

  At the same time, he also asked people to engrave a "illiterate" seal, which he often wore on his body.

  几年之后,张曜终于成为一个很有学问的人。

  A few years later, Zhang Yao finally became a learned man.

  后来,他在山东做巡抚时,又有人参他“目不识丁”。他就上书请皇上面试。面试成绩使皇上和许多大臣都大为惊奇。

  Later, when he was a governor in Shandong, some people said he was "illiterate". He wrote to the emperor for an interview. The interview results surprised the emperor and many ministers.

  张曜在山东上任,筑河堤,修道路,开厂局,精制造,做了不少利国利民之事。

  Zhang Yao took office in Shandong Province. He built River levees, built roads, set up factories, made fine products, and did many things to benefit the country and the people.