There was a man of the State of Song who liked to curry favour with others.
One day, he got a piece of uncarved jade and went to present it to Zi Han, a minister of the State of Song,
with the intention to ingratiate himself with the official.
Zi Han adamantly refused to accept it.
Thereupon, this man said in honeyed words:"This is a piece of rare jade.
I regard it as a treasure suitable for a gentleman's utensil.
If it gets into the hands of an old gentleman like you, to be worn by you or put on your dining table, that would be most suitable and fitting.
I am an unrefined man, not deserving such a valuable treasure."
"You may regard this piece of jade as a treasure," said Zi Han, "
but I do not accept other's fawning, nor do I regard this kind of conduct a treasure."
The man of Song felt he had asked for a snub and sneaked away.