"After Mr. Cheng had this son with the jade，" Tzu-hsing added， "his handmaid gave birth to another son， who whether he be good or bad， I don't at all know. At all events， he has by his side two sons and a grandson， but what these will grow up to be by and bye， I cannot tell. As regards Mr. Chia She， he too has had two sons； the second of whom， Chia Lien， is by this time about twenty. He took to wife a relative of his， a niece of Mr. Cheng's wife， a Miss Wang， and has now been married for the last two years. This Mr. Lien has lately obtained by purchase the rank of sub-prefect. He too takes little pleasure in books， but as far as worldly affairs go， he is so versatile and glib of tongue， that he has recently taken up his quarters with his uncle Mr. Cheng， to whom he gives a helping hand in the management of domestic matters. Who would have thought it， however， ever since his marriage with his worthy wife， not a single person， whether high or low， has there been who has not looked up to her with regard： with the result that Mr. Lien himself has， in fact， had to take a back seat （_lit_. withdrew 35 li）。 In looks， she is also so extremely beautiful， in speech so extremely quick and fluent， in ingenuity so deep and astute， that even a man could， in no way， come up to her mark." marital aids
After hearing these remarks Yue-ts'un smiled. "You now perceive，" he said， "that my argument is no fallacy， and that the several persons about whom you and I have just been talking are， we may presume， human beings， who， one and all， have been generated by the spirit of right， and the spirit of evil， and come to life by the same royal road； but of course there's no saying." sax toyes
"Enough，" cried Tzu-hsing， "of right and enough of evil； we've been doing nothing but settling other people's accounts； come now， have another glass， and you'll be the better for it！"
"While bent upon talking，" Yue-ts'un explained， "I've had more glasses than is good for me."
"Speaking of irrelevant matters about other people，" Tzu-hsing rejoined complacently， "is quite the thing to help us swallow our wine； so come now； what harm will happen， if we do have a few glasses more."
Yue-ts'un thereupon looked out of the window.
"the day is also far advanced，" he remarked， "and if we don't take care， the gates will be closing； let us leisurely enter the city， and as we go along， there will be nothing to prevent us from continuing our chat."