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The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Ralph Sawyer

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Configurations163 of Terrain
Sun-tzu said:
 
“The major configurations (hsing) of terrain are accessible, suspended, stalemated, constricted, precipitous, and expansive.
“If we can go forth and the enemy can also advance, it is termed ‘accessible.’ In an accessible configuration, first occupy the heights and yang [side], and improve the routes for transporting provisions. Then when we engage in battle, it will be advantageous.
“If we can go forth but it will be difficult to return, it is termed ‘suspended.’164 In a suspended configuration, if they are unprepared go forth and conquer them. If the enemy is prepared and we sally forth without ...

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