How to understand "请勿复敢见矣" in 《孟子·公孙丑下》:



Someone translates "请勿复敢见矣" to "I do not dare to ask for meeting you anymore". It makes sense to me, but I don't get why it can be expressed in this way.

I think "请勿" means "please stop doing/ please do not", and "复敢见" is "dare to meet again". Therefore the natural interpretation would be "Please don't dare to meet again". I know it sounds very odd, so I am wondering what I have missed here?


in classical chinese, "i" is rarely used. it's replaced by other character / word.

請勿復敢見矣 is "I do not dare to ask for meeting you anymore" (imo, this translation is a very good one)

請 - replaced "i"

勿 - do not

復 - anymore

敢 - dare to

見 - ask for meeting you

in the same sentence, 弟子齊宿而後敢言 is roughly:

i used to respect (you, mr 孟), therefore i dare to persuade

弟子 - literally "disciple", it replaced "i"

齊宿 - in 漢 dynasty, it was interpreted as "used to respect"¹

而後 - therefore

敢言 - dare to persuade

no "i", get it?


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This is from baidu, in more modern Chinese.



They put '请勿复敢见矣' as ',今后再也不敢请求见您了'

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  • "齊宿" translated as "先一天齋戒沐浴"? this baidu is xxx. btw, it should be "沐", not "沭". – 水巷孑蠻 Nov 27 '16 at 3:04
  • Good thing it is not my translation then! There must be a reliable source for Modern Chinese versions of these Old Chinese texts. Do you know one? – Gangosa Nov 27 '16 at 4:13
  • modern chinese version? sorry lah, no. – 水巷孑蠻 Nov 27 '16 at 4:23

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