jyang_99 wrote:Many people read this phrase as a test from Liu Bei to see Zhuge's desire, Liu Bei can see a person's thoughts quite well, so if Zhuge has that kind of ambition, then Liu Bei would probably order someone to watch closely at Zhege and kill him if necessary... Fortunately, Zhuge is a very loyal strategist, Liu Bei knows that... His final test to see Zhuge's loyalty has been answered well
Well, I believe Liu Bei was dead serious about what he said regardless of whether he wanted Zhuge Liang on the throne or simply a replacement in the case of Liu Shan’s failure. I don’t think it was a test, I think it was Liu Bei looking out for the future of his kingdom.
I am mainly just after the details of the translation in this thread though. Thank you very much, Han Xin and Cai Yan, for your insight so far.