"Speaking of irrelevant matters about other people，" Tzu-hsing rejoined complacently， "is quite the thing to help us swallow our wine； so come now； what harm will happen， if we do have a few glasses more."
Yue-ts'un thereupon looked out of the window. marital aids
"the day is also far advanced，" he remarked， "and if we don't take care， the gates will be closing； let us leisurely enter the city， and as we go along， there will be nothing to prevent us from continuing our chat."
Forthwith the two friends rose from their seats， settled and paid their wine bill， and were just going， when they unexpectedly heard some one from behind say with a loud voice：
"Accept my congratulations， Brother Yue-ts'un； I've now come， with the express purpose of giving you the welcome news！" sey toy
Yue-ts'un lost no time in turning his head round to look at the speaker. But reader， if you wish to learn who the man was， listen to the details given in the following chapter.
Lin Ju-hai appeals to his brother-in-law， Chia Cheng， recommending Yue-ts'un， his daughter's tutor， to his consideration. Dowager lady Chia sends to fetch her granddaughter， out of commiseration for her being a motherless child.
But to proceed with our narrative.
Yue-ts'un， on speedily turning round， perceived that the speaker was no other than a certain Chang Ju-kuei， an old colleague of his， who had been denounced and deprived of office， on account of some case or other； a native of that district， who had， since his degradation， resided in his family home.
Having lately come to hear the news that a memorial， presented in the capital， that the former officers （who had been cashiered） should be reinstated， had received the imperial consent， he had promptly done all he could， in every nook and corner， to obtain influence， and to find the means （of righting his position，） when he， unexpectedly， came across Yue-ts'un， to whom he therefore lost no time in offering his congratulations. The two friends exchanged the conventional salutations， and Chang Ju-kuei forthwith communicated the tidings to Yue-ts'un.