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. doc johnson
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." ivibe rabbit
Shih-yin after hearing this message had no alternative but to banish the subject from his thoughts. rabbit vibraters
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.
About the middle of the night， Huo Ch'i was hard pressed， and he forthwith set Ying Lien down on the doorstep of a certain house. When he felt relieved， he came back to take her up， but failed to find anywhere any trace of Ying Lien. In a terrible plight， Huo Ch'i prosecuted his search throughout half the night； but even by the dawn of day， he had not discovered any clue of her whereabouts. Huo Ch'i， lacking， on the other hand， the courage to go back and face his master， promptly made his escape to his native village.
Shih-yin——in fact， the husband as well as the wife——seeing that their child had not come home during the whole night， readily concluded that some mishap must have befallen her. Hastily they despatched several servants to go in search of her， but one and all returned to report that there was neither vestige nor tidings of her.
This couple had only had this child， and this at the meridian of their life， so that her sudden disappearance plunged them in such GREat distress that day and night they mourned her loss to such a point as to well nigh pay no heed to their very lives.