Once upon a time, there was a poor boy named Ma Liang. He was born smart and liked painting since he was a child. But because the family was poor, he didn't even have the money to buy a pen. When he went to the mountain to make firewood, he folded a branch and painted on the hillside; when he went to the river to mow the grass, he dipped the grass roots in the river water to paint. ; When I got home, I took a piece of charcoal and painted in the yard.
Ma Liang painted unremittingly and never stopped for a day. But he often thought, if he could have a paintbrush, it would be great. One night, Ma Liang felt a burst of colorful light in the cave dwelling. At this time, an old man with a white beard appeared, and the old man gave him a piece of gold. A brilliant magic pen. Ma Liang woke up happily, it turned out to be a dream! But he looked at his hand, it was incredible. He did have a pen in his hand. He immediately drew a bird with a pen. The bird came alive, spread its wings and flew. He drew another fish, and the fish came alive, jumping around. With this magic pen, Ma Liang paints for the poor and kind-hearted people in the village every day. If anyone lacks anything, Ma Liang will paint for them.
When a greedy and unkind rich man in a neighboring village heard about this incident, he immediately sent someone to arrest Ma Liang and forced him to paint for himself. No matter how the rich man coaxes him or scares him, he just refuses to paint. The rich man put him in the stable and refused to feed him. In the evening there was a heavy snowfall of goose feathers. The rich man saw the red light leaking from the crack of the stable door and smelled a fragrant smell, so he looked in the door, and Ma Liang set up a large stove inside, burning the fire and eating hot cakes. The stove and the pancakes were all drawn by Ma Liang with a magical brush. The rich man suddenly became angry and planned to kill Ma Liang and seize his magic pen. At this moment, Ma Liang climbed up a ladder and walked over the wall. The rich man hurriedly climbed the ladder to chase him, and fell off after just two steps. It turns out that this ladder was also drawn by Ma Liang with a magical brush. Before the rich man got up, Ma Liang galloped away on a horse drawn with a magical brush.
The rich man rode a horse and led people and chased him up. Seeing that he was about to chase, Ma Liang drew a bow and an arrow with a magical brush. Ma Liang shot an arrow with a bow, and an arrow hit the rich man's throat. The rich man suddenly died of anger. After the emperor found out, he sent someone to arrest Ma Liang. The emperor intimidated Ma Liang to draw him a cash cow, otherwise he would kill Ma Liang. Ma Liang waved his magic pen, and there was a small island in the middle of an endless sea. There was a tall and big money tree on the island. Ma Liang drew another huge wooden boat, and the emperor took people onto the wooden boat. Ma Liang drew a few more winds, and the big wooden boat sailed with the wind. Ma Liang continued to paint, the sea breeze rolled up layers of huge waves, the ship was overturned by the huge waves, and the emperor sank to the bottom of the sea.
People do not know where Ma Liang went. Some people say that he has returned to his hometown and is with those farming partners. It is also said that he wanders around and paints for the poor.
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