Do you dare to argue with a king no matter how nice he is to you? No one nest to him dares, no matter who he is. Because they know he’s the king, who has his regal presence and airs. Not to mention a lining Buddha, or a Zen Master. Regardless enlightened or not, if Linji dared to do this to his Master, it means Huangpo had hidden His pride and power completely. He didn’t have any Zen smell.