Shih-yin gave him no time to conclude. "Why did you not speak about this sooner？" he interposed with haste. "I have long entertained this suspicion； but as， whenever I met you， this conversation was never broached， I did not presume to make myself officious. But if such be the state of affairs just now， I lack， I admit， literary qualification， but on the two subjects of friendly spirit and pecuniary means， I have， nevertheless， some experience. Moreover， I rejoice that next year is just the season for the triennial examinations， and you should start for the capital with all despatch； and in the tripos next spring， you will， by carrying the prize， be able to do justice to the proficiency you can boast of. As regards the travelling expenses and the other items， the provision of everything necessary for you by my own self will again not render nugatory your mean acquaintance with me."
Forthwith， he directed a servant lad to go and pack up at once fifty taels of pure silver and two suits of winter clothes.
"the nineteenth，" he continued， "is a propitious day， and you should lose no time in hiring a boat and starting on your journey westwards. And when， by your eminent talents， you shall have soared high to a lofty position， and we meet again next winter， will not the occasion be extremely felicitous？"
Yue-ts'un accepted the money and clothes with but scanty expression of gratitude. In fact， he paid no thought whatever to the gifts， but went on， again drinking his wine， as he chattered and laughed. bedroom toys for couples
It was only when the third watch of that day had already struck that the two friends parted company； and Shih-yin， after seeing Yue-ts'un off， retired to his room and slept， with one sleep all through， never waking until the sun was well up in the skies. pearl rabbit
Remembering the occurrence of the previous night， he meant to write a couple of letters of recommendation for Yue-ts'un to take along with him to the capital， to enable him， after handing them over at the mansions of certain officials， to find some place as a temporary home. He accordingly despatched a servant to ask him to come round， but the man returned and reported that from what the bonze said， "Mr. Chia had started on his journey to the capital， at the fifth watch of that very morning， that he had also left a message with the bonze to deliver to you， Sir， to the effect that men of letters paid no heed to lucky or unlucky days， that the sole consideration with them was the nature of the matter in hand， and that he could find no time to come round in person and bid good-bye."
Shih-yin after hearing this message had no alternative but to banish the subject from his thoughts.
In comfortable circumstances， time indeed goes by with easy stride. Soon drew near also the happy festival of the 15th of the 1st moon， and Shih-yin told a servant Huo Ch'i to take Ying Lien to see the sacrificial fires and flowery lanterns.