小寡妇卖牛

来源:鬼怪吧 作者:刘瑞珍 民间故事 2018-02-09
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早年间,诸城石桥子镇的牲口集市就特别红火。到了清朝乾隆年间,国泰民安,林茂粮丰,牲口市场更是生意兴隆。十里八乡的村民都来贩卖牲口,有趣的是,偌大一个牲口集市竟很少有说话的,一些大小经纪穿梭其中,为买家或者卖家牵线搭桥,按照行内规矩讨价还价,用手势和眼神交流,虽然嘴巴不出声,但那热闹劲儿就甭提了!

且说这天,有个外地来的老经纪带着他的小徒弟去赶集,刚进牲口集市,就发现那里站着个二十岁左右的妇人,头戴白花,身着青衣,不用说,这是一位年轻寡妇。牲口集市上多是男人来交易,女人来此实属罕见,况且她生得娇小玲珑,眉头微颦,妩媚动人,引得很多心术不正的人随她来去。

老经纪见小寡妇手里牵着一头毛色好看的小黄牛,便生了逗逗她的念头,他转身对身后的小徒弟说:“你去问问那小娘们的牲口卖什么价钱。”

牲口集市有个规矩,牲口的价钱不能明说,要用暗语。什么暗语呢?一至五,伸五个手指头,六伸大拇指和小拇指,拐七张八勾拉子九。买的人张开手捂着,卖的人在对方手心里比画,外人是看不到的。小徒弟走过去,刚想与小寡妇拉手问价,小寡妇赶紧缩回手说:“哎呀,俺一个妇道人家,怎能跟你拉手呢?咱就打开窗户说亮话,我这头牛一口价,‘小二姐扑蚂蚱’。”

小徒弟一听,傻了,啥叫“小二姐扑蚂蚱”啊?师傅没这么教过啊!他挠了挠头,只得回去问师傅。老经纪一听也不懂这个价钱,觉得这个小寡妇乱改行规,便气呼呼地走上前找茬道:“丫头,什么‘小二姐扑蚂蚱’嘛,我给你个‘小寡妇上坟’怎么样啊?”

这一来勾起小寡妇的伤心事了,她眼泪簌簌地流了下来。等哭了一会儿自己的夫君后,她用衣袖擦了擦眼泪说:“行啊,就这么定了,你掏钱,我的牛你牵走吧!”

老经纪愣住了,他本意是想戏弄小寡妇一番,怎么这一来一去就把买卖定了呢?老经纪转身欲走,那小寡妇一把拉住他说:“大街大市的,你怎么说话不算话?快拿钱来,买下牛再走也不迟!”

老经纪这下尴尬了,立马变了脸,说:“老夫跟你闹着玩的,你还当真了,滚一边去吧!”那小徒弟也狗仗人势,一把将小寡妇推倒在地。

小寡妇爬起身,也不示弱,杏眼圆睁,寸步不让:“不行!俺一个妇道人家跟你开什么玩笑?我家婆婆病重,等米下锅,可你们竟然耍弄人,咱找人评评理去!”她拽着老经纪的衣襟不松手,非要去司衙府见官不可。

围观的人越来越多,正在两人争执不下的时候,正好有个包子铺的师傅端着一笼包子走出来,见店外站着那么多人,就上前询问事由。小寡妇把事情的经过一五一十地说了一遍,包子铺师傅听罢,挥了挥手说:“多大点事啊?我看这牛还有点小,你也别‘小二姐扑蚂蚱’了,他也别‘小寡妇上坟’了,我看你们就听我一句,‘冷了包子另上笼’吧。”

小寡妇思忖片刻,说:“行,我家急着用钱,就照师傅说的这个价吧。”

这是什么价啊?老经纪一句都没听懂,一心觉得他们在瞎胡闹,不服气地要去见司衙官。

进了司衙府,见了司衙官,老经纪抢着把他和小寡妇的纠纷说了一遍。司衙官皱着眉头问道:“难道就没人给你们打打圆场吗?”

“有啊!”小寡妇说,“有位包子铺的师傅说让我出个‘冷了包子另上笼’,可是他硬是不答应呀!”

“人家说得没错啊,这牛还有点小,让我断也不过这个价。”司衙官转脸对老经纪说,“大丈夫吐口唾沫砸个窝,你给她这个价也不吃亏。”

老经纪丈二和尚摸不着头脑,结结巴巴地问:“这、这是什么名堂啊?”

“你呀,还当经纪呢!”司衙官“哈哈”大笑说,“人家要‘小二姐扑蚂蚱’是捂两捂(五两五)的意思;你给人家‘小寡妇上坟’,不就是凄凉妻(七两七)吗?你这出价比她报价高,她自然愿意卖给你嘛!后来,包子铺师傅出的价是‘冷了包子另上笼’,馏两馏(六两六),这下你吃不了亏,她也赚不了便宜,正好嘛!”

老经纪这才恍然大悟,羞得面红耳赤,想不到当了大半辈子经纪,自以为深谙此道,竟败在一个小寡妇手里。他哪里知道,小寡妇家里本就是做买卖的,在本地大家用俗语商讨价格也是常有的事呢!

老经纪灰溜溜地掏出六两六钱银子递给小寡妇,小寡妇接过银子,谢过官老爷,迈着轻盈的步子,高兴地回家去了。

老經纪垂头丧气,拉过小徒弟刚要走,没想到司衙官一改刚才的和颜悦色,大喝一声“慢”,正色道:“你们堂堂男子,竟在光天化日之下欺负一个孤弱女子,还有良知吗?来人啊,把两人带下去各打二十板子,以正民风!”

众衙役一哄而上,老经纪和他的小徒弟吓得瘫软在地上……

Introduce:Between one's early years, all city stone bridges child the draught animals market of the town is particularly prosperous. Arrived clear Chao Qianlong year, guo Taimin is installed, abundant of Lin Mao grain, draught animals market is unripe enthusiasm grand more. The villager of 10 lis of 8 countrysides traffics draught animals, interesting is, so big market of a draught animals has conversation rarely unexpectedly, broker of a few size moves back and forth among them, build the bridge to buy the home to perhaps sell the home pull wires, according to argy-bargy of the custom inside travel, with gesticulation and eyes communication, although mouth save one's breath, but that is lively strong did not carry! And say this day, those who an old broker that the other place comes to is taking him is small prentice go go to market, just entered draught animals market, standing over there discovery 20 years old of right-and-left women, the head wears Bai Hua, wear black clothes, need not say, this is a young widow. It is the man will trade more on draught animals market, the woman comes this fact is belonged to infrequent, she gives birth to besides delicate and exquisite, brows is small knit the brows, enchanting and moving, bring so that a lot of a lot people follow her to go. Old broker sees there is young cattle in young widow hand, was born to amuse the thought that amuses her, his face about is right behind small prentice say: "You go asking that what the draught animals of young women sells price. " draught animals market has a rule, the price of draught animals cannot bright say, want to use code word. Where is what argot? Come 5, extend 5 finger, 6 extend thumb and little finger, abduct 7 pieces 8 Gou Lazi 9. Bought person stretchs a hand to covering, the person that sell gestures in control of the other side, alien cannot see. Small prentice go by, just wanted to ask price with young widow shake handshandle, young widow drives constrictive turn around and stretch out one's hand to say: "Alas, I a the womenfolk, can you follow your shake handshandle how? We opens a window to say bright word, I this ox a price, ' small 2 elder sister attack locust ' . " small prentice listen, foolish, does what cry " small do 2 elder sister attack locust " ah? The master is done not have so had taught! He scratchs his head, be obliged to go back ask a master worker. Old broker listens to also do not know this price, feel chaos of this young widow changes guild regulations, before ground of in a huff walks up, find fault: "Girl, what ' small 2 elder sister attack locust ' , do I give you ' young widow visit a grave to cherish the memory of the dead ' how ah? " this ticks off the grief that removes young widow, her tear flowed rustlingly. Etc cried a little while after oneself husband, she brushs tear to say with sleeve: "Travel, so decided, you draw out money, you pull my ox! " old broker is stupefied, his original idea is to want to make fun of young widow one time, how this decided? Old broker face about is about to go, then young widow pulls he says: "Of ave big city, how do you talk not to calculate a sentence? Take money quickly, buy next oxen to go not late also again! " old broker this awkwardness, changed immediately face, say: "An old fellow like me is troubled by with you