秀才借马

来源:鬼怪吧 作者: 民间故事 2018-02-09
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乾隆年间,彰德府涉县的下庄村出了八个秀才。秀才们皆十八九岁,个个有才华。

有一年,涉县来了一个新县令,名叫胡泰顶。这位县太爷颇有抱负,上任伊始便到各个村庄体察民情,期待尽快做出一番政绩。同时,这位县太爷还有一个毛病——出行时喜欢讲排场,不管从哪个村子经过,都要该村的秀才出来迎接,秀才们必须立马收拾干净,换上长袍马褂,到村口列队行礼,然后将县太爷护送出村。

这下可苦了下庄村的八位秀才。官道从下庄村村北的牌楼前经过,县太爷每回外出体察民情,这里是必经之路。

每逢迎来送往,秀才们都得从家里跑到北楼,再把县太爷从北楼送到南楼,一耽擱就是好几个时辰,严重影响了正常营生。

有一回,几名秀才挑着担子朝地里送肥料,突然听到鸣锣开道的声音,撂下担子就往家里跑,换好衣裳急火火地奔到北楼口。谁知,他们去晚了。胡泰顶骑着高头大马,皱着眉头,很不高兴。县太爷的随从更是将秀才们训斥了一番,说他们不知礼数。秀才们挨了训斥,却只能跪在地上,敢怒不敢言。

那年冬至,八个秀才聚在一起喝酒。酒过三巡,他们开始合计:来年该如何避免对县太爷的迎来送往呢?

众人一番讨论,却没有任何结果。此时,杨秀才开口了,他压低声音,将自己的想法和盘托出。秀才们听后,大喜过望,纷纷称赞杨秀才有“王佐之才”。

次日一大早,杨秀才跑到县衙,代表下庄村的秀才们拜见胡泰顶,开门见山说明来意:“我们下庄村的八个秀才,生活贫困,打算借隆冬时节积肥,来年有个好收成,考虑到大人最近不会到各个村子体察民情,我们想借用大人的马运肥,只需一天足矣。”

胡泰顶一听,立马沉下脸来,没好气地说:“酸腐,酸腐,你们种地积肥,居然跑到县衙借用我的马,是何缘由?村里的骡马多的是,为何不去借?”

杨秀才不急,一字一句地说:“今冬雪大,来年必是丰年,倘若大人将马借予我等,待丰收之后我等将感念大人恩德,十里八乡必定广为歌颂。”

胡泰顶一听,陷入沉思。这时,师爷悄悄拉了一把胡泰顶的衣袖,胡泰顶跟着师爷到后堂。

师爷问道:“大人当真不愿借马给那些秀才?”“废话,这还用说吗?若真把马借出去运肥,本县颜面何在?”胡泰顶怒气冲冲地说。

师爷言道:“大人可知道,下庄村的八个秀才个个有才气,前程不可限量,来日进京赶考,兴许会有那么几个考取功名,到时……”胡泰顶一听,连连点头,拍着师爷的肩膀连声称道:“言之有理,言之有理。”

最终,胡泰顶将自己的马借给了杨秀才。杨秀才叩头谢恩,说了一番恭维之语,将马牵回了下庄村。

随后,秀才们将马拴到了北楼下那棵大核桃树上,他们按照杨秀才的计谋行事,像平常迎接县太爷那样,穿着长袍马褂,面对那匹马行跪拜之礼,每拜一次,杨秀才便挥着鞭子狠狠地抽打马屁股,马儿被县太爷娇宠惯了,哪里受过此等待遇,疼得浑身直哆嗦,四条蹄子不住腾挪跳跃,但它被拴在树上,想跑也跑不了。

就这样,行礼,打马,再行礼,再打马,一直折腾了大半天。

次日一早,杨秀才将马喂了,牵回了县衙。

几日后,雪过天晴,胡泰顶骑马下去巡察,行至下庄村口时,八名秀才早已立在北楼下那棵大核桃树旁候着。

待到胡泰顶走近了,秀才们连忙朝着胡泰顶行礼。谁知,秀才们刚弯下腰,胡泰顶的马突然像发了疯似的,撒开四蹄狂蹦乱跳,向远处急逃,若非胡泰顶身子骨强健,早已跌落马下。

此后,胡泰顶几次从下庄经过,那匹马都会发疯。胡泰顶不是傻子,很快猜到了个中原委,高声喝道:“一定是那几个秀才给马做了什么手脚!哼,我饶不了他们!来人,把那八个人抓来审讯!”

师爷连忙阻拦,说道:“大人,我刚听到消息,那下庄村的八名秀才昨日已写了一篇佳文,歌颂大人将自己的马慷慨借给他们运肥,实乃仁政爱民之举。据说,此文已呈至彰德府刘大人处,刘大人很是满意……”

胡泰顶转怒为喜:“没想到这些秀才竟有如此心计,不可小觑啊,将来必有前程。”

师爷向胡泰顶建议:“老爷不妨顺水推舟,将那匹马送给下庄村的秀才们作为奖励……”

胡泰顶沉思一阵后,摆了摆手,说:“那几个秀才要的不是那匹马,而是免除频繁迎送这一套礼节。罢了,从今日起,此礼节全免。那匹马,就送给那些秀才吧。”

师爷忙道:“老爷宽宏大度,前程无量!”

几百年过去了,下庄村依然流传着“秀才借马”的故事。

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