the only misfortune had been that the several branches of the Lin family had not been prolific， so that the numbers of its members continued limited； and though there existed several households， they were all however to Ju-hai no closer relatives than first cousins. Neither were there any connections of the same lineage， or of the same parentage.
Ju-hai was at this date past forty； and had only had a son， who had died the previous year， in the third year of his age. Though he had several handmaids， he had not had the good fortune of having another son； but this was too a matter that could not be remedied. sex toys
By his wife， nee Chia， he had a daughter， to whom the infant name of Tai Yue was given. She was， at this time， in her fifth year. Upon her the parents doated as much as if she were a brilliant pearl in the palm of their hand. Seeing that she was endowed with natural gifts of intelligence and good looks， they also felt solicitous to bestow upon her a certain knowledge of books， with no other purpose than that of satisfying， by this illusory way， their wishes of having a son to nurture and of dispelling the anguish felt by them， on account of the desolation and void in their family circle （round their knees）。
But to proceed. Yue-ts'un， while sojourning at an inn， was unexpectedly laid up with a violent chill. Finding on his recovery， that his funds were not sufficient to pay his expenses， he was thinking of looking out for some house where he could find a resting place when he suddenly came across two friends acquainted with the new Salt Commissioner. Knowing that this official was desirous to find a tutor to instruct his daughter， they lost no time in recommending Yue-ts'un， who moved into the Yamen.
His female pupil was youthful in years and delicate in physique， so that her lessons were irregular. Besides herself， there were only two waiting girls， who remained in attendance during the hours of study， so that Yue-ts'un was spared considerable trouble and had a suitable opportunity to attend to the improvement of his health.