48. Accurate Proportion

Sen-No-Rikyu, a tea master, wished to hang a flower-basket on a column. He asked a carpenter to help him, directing the man to place "That's it a little higher, or lower, to the right or left, until he had found exactly the right spot. the place," said Sen-No-Rikyu finally.

The carpenter, to test the master, marked the spot, and then pretended he had forgotten. Was this the place? "Was this the place, perhaps?" the carpenter kept asking, pointing to various places on the column.

But so accurate was the tea master's sense of proportion that it was not until the carpenter reached the identical spot again that its location was approved.gain.