By a certain day, they reached Ching Tu; and Yü-ts’un, after first adjusting his hat and clothes, came, attended by a youth, to the
door of the Jung mansion, and sent in a card, which showed his lineage.
Chia Cheng had, by this time, perused his brother-in-law’s letter, and he speedily
asked him to walk in. When they met, he found in Yü-ts’un an imposing manner and polite address.
This Chia Cheng had, in fact, a great penchant above all things for men of education, men courteous to the talented,
the learned, ready to lend a helping hand to the needy and to succour the distressed, and was, to a great extent, like his
y his brother-in-law, he therefore treated Yü-ts’un with a consideration still more unusual, and readily strained all his resources to assist him.
On the very day on which the memorial was submitted to the Throne, he obtained by his efforts, a reinstatement to office, and
before the expiry of two months, Yü-t’sun was forthwith selected to fill the appointment of prefect of Ying T’ien in Chin Ling. Taking
leave of Chia Cheng, he chose a
propitious day, and proceeded to his post, where we will leave him without further notice for the present.
But to return to Tai-yü. On the day on which she left the boat, and the moment she put her foot on shore,
there were forthwith at her
disposal chairs for her own use,
and carts for the luggage, sent over from the Jung mansion.
Lin Tai-yü had often heard her mother recount how different was her
grandmother’s house from that of other people’s; and having seen for herself how
above the common run were already the attendants of the three grades, (sent to
wait upon her,) in attire, in their fare, in all their articles of use,
“how much more,” (she thought to herself) “now that I am going to her home,