#81- Something about the wily eunuch Zhao

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Eunuch Zhao was now so powerful that he wished to be the Emperor himself. Only one man stood between him and the throne– the Second Emperor. He decided to test the ministers to see how far they would follow him.


Chinese Translation Breakdown

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1.赵太监势力愈来愈强大, 强盛到他自己想当皇帝
= Eunuch Zhao was now so powerful that he wished to be the Emperor himself
2.只有一人站在他和皇位之间,而这一个人就是秦二皇
= Only one man stood between him and the throne- the Second Emperor
3.他(赵太监)终於决定试验所有的大臣并看他们会跟随他到多远
= He decided to test the ministers to see how far they would follow him.


Vocabulary

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1. Eunuch Zhao =赵太监 Zhào tàijiàn

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2. Powerful = 势力强大 shìli qiángdà

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3. wish =想(作) xiǎng (zuò)

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4. Emperor = 皇帝 huángdì

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5. Only = 只有 zhǐyǒu

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6. one man = 一人 yī rén

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7. throne = 皇位 huángwèi

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8. decide = 决定 juédìng

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9. test = 试验 shìyàn

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10. ministers = 大臣 dàchén

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