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A long way down the facet of the mountain they his footsteps, now by way of a rolling stone, now by way of a snapping department of yellow pine. once more they heard his voice, cheerfully repeating to himself; "Among the top virtues of a natural existence—" yet past that time the light woodland breath bore him away. bankruptcy II - the tale of Yung Chang * Narrated through Kai Lung, within the open area of the tea-shop of The Celestial ideas, at Wu-whei. "Ho, illustrious passers-by! " stated Kai Lung, the story-teller, as he opened up his embroidered mat less than the mulberry-tree. "It is certainly not likely that you'd condescend to forestall and hear the silly phrases of such a mere and altogether deformed individual as myself. however, when you will yet retard your stylish footsteps for a number of moments, this really unprepossessing person will endeavour to entertain you with the recital of the adventures of the noble Yung Chang, as recorded through the distinguished Pe-ku-hi. " therefore adjured, the extra leisurely-minded drew with regards to listen the heritage of Yung Chang. there has been Sing You the fruit-seller, and Li Ton-ti the wood-carver; hello Seng left his consumers to cry in useless for water; and Wang Yu, the idle pipe-maker, closed his store of "The Fountain of Beauty," and held on the shutter the gilt dragon to maintain away shoppers in his absence. those, including a number of extra shopkeepers and a dozen or so loafers, constituted a good viewers by the point Kai Lung used to be prepared. "It will be extra seemly if this ill-conditioned one that is now addressing the sort of unusual meeting have been to gift his wonderful and noble-looking hearers for his or her trouble," apologized the story-teller. "But, because the e-book of Verses says, 'The meaner the slave, the larger the lord'; and it truly is, accordingly, no longer not likely that this majestic concourse will gift the despicable efforts in their servant through handfuls of cash until eventually the air appears to be like as if jam-packed with swarms of locusts within the season of a lot warmth. specifically, there's between this august crowd of Mandarins one Wang Yu, who has departed on 3 prior events with no bestowing the present of a unmarried money. If the feeble and covetous-minded Wang Yu will position inside of this very traditional bowl the cost of one among his exceptionally ill-made pipes, this unworthy individual will continue. " "Vast chasms might be stuffed, however the middle of guy never," quoted the pipe-maker in retort. "Oh, such a lot incapable of story-tellers, have you ever now not on separate events slept underneath my totally insufficient roof with no check? " yet he, however, deposited 3 profit the bowl, and drew closer one of the entrance row of the listeners. "It used to be in the course of the reign of the enlightened Emperor Tsing Nung," all started Kai Lung, with out extra creation, "that there lived at a village close to Honan a filthy rich and avaricious maker of idols, named Ti Hung. So skilful had he develop into within the making of clay idols that his reputation had unfold for lots of li around, and idol-sellers from the entire neighbouring villages, or even from the cities, got here to him for his or her inventory.