Not long after three nurses and five or six waiting-maids were seen ushering in three young ladies. the first was somewhat plump in figure and of medium height； her cheeks had a congealed appearance， like a fresh lichee； her nose was glossy like goose fat. She was gracious， demure， and lovable to look at.
the second had sloping shoulders， and a slim waist. Tall and slender was she in stature， with a face like the egg of a goose. Her eyes so beautiful， with their well-curved eyebrows， possessed in their gaze a bewitching FLASH. At the very sight of her refined and elegant manners all idea of vulgarity was forgotten.
the third was below the medium size， and her mien was， as yet， childlike.
In their head ornaments， jewelry， and dress， the get-up of the three young ladies was identical. rabbit vibe
Tai-yue speedily rose to GREet them and to exchange salutations. After they had made each other's acquaintance， they all took a seat， whereupon the servants brought the tea. Their conversation was confined to Tai-yue's mother，——how she had fallen ill， what doctors had attended her， what medicines had been given her， and how she had been buried and mourned； and dowager lady Chia was naturally again in great anguish.
"Of all my daughters，" she remarked， "your mother was the one I loved best， and now in a twinkle， she has passed away， before me too， and I've not been able to so much as see her face. How can this not make my heart sore-stricken？"
And as she gave vent to these feelings， she took Tai-yue's hand in hers， and again gave way to sobs； and it was only after the members of the family had quickly made use of much exhortation and coaxing， that they succeeded， little by little， in stopping her tears. sez toy
they all perceived that Tai-yue， despite her youthful years and appearance， was lady-like in her deportment and address， and that though with her delicate figure and countenance， （she seemed as if） unable to bear the very weight of her clothes， she possessed， however， a certain captivating air. And as they readily noticed the symptoms of a weak constitution， they went on in consequence to make inquiries as to what medicines she ordinarily took， and how it was that her complaint had not been cured.
"I have，" explained Tai-yue， "been in this state ever since I was born； though I've taken medicines from the very time I was able to eat rice， up to the present， and have been treated by ever so many doctors of note， I've not derived any benefit. In the year when I was yet only three， I remember a mangy-headed bonze coming to our house， and saying that he would take me along， and make a nun of me； but my father and mother would， on no account， give their consent. 'As you cannot bear to part from her and to give her up，' he then remarked， 'her ailment will， I fear， never， throughout her life， be cured. If you wish to see her all right， it is only to be done by not letting her， from this day forward， on any account， listen to the sound of weeping， or see， with the exception of her parents， any relatives outside the family circle. Then alone will she be able to go through this existence in peace and in quiet.' No one heeded the nonsensical talk of this raving priest； but here am I， up to this very day， dosing myself with ginseng pills as a tonic."
"What a lucky coincidence！" interposed dowager lady Chia； "some of these pills are being compounded here， and I'll simply tell them to have an extra supply made； that's all."