"the account of these circumstances，" the bonze ventured to reply， "is enough to make you laugh！ They amount to this： there existed in the west， on the bank of the Ling （spiritual） river， by the side of the San Sheng （thrice-born） stone， a blade of the Chiang Chu （purple pearl） grass. At about the same time it was that the block of stone was， consequent upon its rejection by the goddess of works， also left to ramble and wander to its own gratification， and to roam about at pleasure to every and any place. One day it came within the precincts of the Ching Huan （Monitory Vision） Fairy； and this Fairy， cognizant of the fact that this stone had a history， detained it， therefore， to reside at the Ch'ih Hsia （purple clouds） palace， and apportioned to it the duties of attendant on Shen Ying， a fairy of the Ch'ih Hsia palace. bibrator
"This stone would， however， often stroll along the banks of the Ling river， and having at the sight of the blade of spiritual grass been filled with admiration， it， day by day， moistened its roots with sweet dew. This purple pearl grass， at the outset， tarried for months and years； but being at a later period imbued with the essence and luxuriance of heaven and earth， and having incessantly received the moisture and nurture of the sweet dew， divested itself， in course of time， of the form of a grass； assuming， in lieu， a human nature， which gradually became perfected into the person of a girl. vibratirs
"Every day she was wont to wander beyond the confines of the Li Hen （divested animosities） heavens. When hungry she fed on the Pi Ch'ing （hidden love） fruit——when thirsty she drank the Kuan ch'ou （discharged sorrows，） water. Having， however， up to this time， not shewn her gratitude for the virtue of nurture lavished upon her， the result was but natural that she should resolve in her heart upon a constant and incessant purpose to make suitable acknowledgment. small vibrater
"I have been，" she would often commune within herself， "the recipient of the gracious bounty of rain and dew， but I possess no such water as was lavished upon me to repay it！ But should it ever descend into the world in the form of a human being， I will also betake myself thither， along with it； and if I can only have the means of making restitution to it， with the tears of a whole lifetime， I may be able to make adequate return."
"This resolution it is that will evolve the descent into the world of so many pleasure-bound spirits of retribution and the experience of fantastic destinies； and this crimson pearl blade will also be among the number. The stone still lies in its original place， and why should not you and I take it along before the tribunal of the Monitory Vision Fairy， and place on its behalf its name on record， so that it should descend into the world， in company with these spirits of passion， and bring this plot to an issue？"
"It is indeed ridiculous，" interposed the Taoist. "Never before have I heard even the very mention of restitution by means of tears！ Why should not you and I avail ourselves of this opportunity to likewise go down into the world？ and if successful in effecting the salvation of a few of them， will it not be a work meritorious and virtuous？"