“Miss Lin,” interposed Ying Ko smirkingly, “has been here in an awful state of mind! She has cried so to herself, that her eyes were
flooded, as soon as she dried her tears. ‘It’s only to-day that I’ve come,’ she said,
‘and I’ve already been the cause of the outbreak of your young master’s failing.
Now had he broken that jade, as he hurled it on the ground, wouldn’t it have been my fault?
Hence it was that she was so wounded at heart, that I had all the trouble in the world, before I could appease her.”
“Desist at once, Miss! Don’t go on like this,” Hsi Jen advised her; “there will, I fear, in the future, happen things far more strange and ridiculous than this;
and if you allow yourself to be wounded and affected to such a degree by a conduct such as his, you will, I apprehend,
suffer endless wounds and anguish; so be quick and dispel this over-sensitive nature!”
“What you sisters advise me,” replied Tai-yü, “I shall bear in mind, and it will be all right.”
They had another chat, which lasted for some time, before they at length retired to rest for the night.
The next day, (she and her cousins) got up at an early hour and went over to pay their respects to dowager lady Chia, after which upon coming to madame Wang’s apartments,
they happened to find madame Wang and Hsi-feng together, opening the letters which had arrived from Chin Ling.
There were also in the room two married women, who had been sent from madame Wang’s elder brother’s wife’s house to deliver a message.
Tai-yü was, it is true, not aware of what was up, but T’an Ch’un and the others knew that they were discussing the son of her mother’s sister,
married in the Hsüeh family, in the city of Chin Ling, a cousin of theirs, Hsüeh P’an, who relying upon his wealth and influence had,
by assaulting a man, committed homicide, and who was now to be tried in the court of the Ying T’ien Prefecture.
Her maternal uncle, Wang Tzu-t’eng, had now, on the receipt of the tidings, despatched messengers
to bring over the news to the
Chia family. But the next chapter will explain what was the
ultimate issue of the wish entertained in this mansion
to send for the Hsüeh family to come to the capital.