these words did not escape Shih-yin's ear； but persuaded that they amounted to raving talk， he paid no heed whatever to the bonze. huge strapon
"Part with her and give her to me，" the Buddhist still went on to say.
Shih-yin could not restrain his annoyance； and hastily pressing his daughter closer to him， he was intent upon going in， when the bonze pointed his hand at him， and burst out in a loud fit of laughter. big strapon
He then gave utterance to the four lines that follow：
You indulge your tender daughter and are laughed at as inane； Vain you face the snow， oh mirror！ for it will evanescent wane， When the festival of lanterns is gone by， guard 'gainst your doom， 'Tis what time the flames will kindle， and the fire will consume.
Shih-yin understood distinctly the full import of what he heard； but his heart was still full of conjectures. He was about to inquire who and what they were， when he heard the Taoist remark，——"You and I cannot speed together； let us now part company， and each of us will be then able to go after his own business. After the lapse of three ages， I shall be at the Pei Mang mount， waiting for you； and we can， after our reunion， betake ourselves to the Visionary Confines of the GREat Void， there to cancel the name of the stone from the records."
"Excellent！ first rate！" exclaimed the Bonze. And at the conclusion of these words， the two men parted， each going his own way， and no trace was again seen of them.
"these two men，" Shih-yin then pondered within his heart， "must have had many experiences， and I ought really to have made more inquiries of them； but at this juncture to indulge in reGREt is anyhow too late."
While Shih-yin gave way to these foolish reflections， he suddenly noticed the arrival of a penniless scholar， Chia by surname， Hua by name， Shih-fei by style and Yue-ts'un by nickname， who had taken up his quarters in the Gourd temple next door. This Chia Yue-ts'un was originally a denizen of Hu-Chow， and was also of literary and official parentage， but as he was born of the youngest stock， and the possessions of his paternal and maternal ancestors were completely exhausted， and his parents and relatives were dead， he remained the sole and only survivor； and， as he found his residence in his native place of no avail， he therefore entered the capital in search of that reputation， which would enable him to put the family estate on a proper standing. He had arrived at this place since the year before last， and had， what is more， lived all along in very straitened circumstances. He had made the temple his temporary quarters， and earned a living by daily occupying himself in composing documents and writing letters for customers. Thus it was that Shih-yin had been in constant relations with him.
As soon as Yue-ts'un perceived Shih-yin， he lost no time in saluting him. "My worthy Sir，" he observed with a forced smile； "how is it you are leaning against the door and looking out？ Is there perchance any news astir in the streets， or in the public places？"