The Scholars, chp. 3 - to lift him up, one on each side;...

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CHAPTER a Examiner thou pick@ out true talent. Butcher HU cuta up tough after good newa When Chou Chin fell senseless to the ground, his friends were greatly taken aback, thinking he must be ill. “I suppose this place has been shut up so long that the air is bad,” said the guild head. “That must be why he has col- lapsed.” “1’11 hold him up,” said Chin to the guild head, “while you go and get some hot water from the workmen over there to bring him td.‘* * When the guild head broughi back the water, three or four of the others raised Chou Chin up and poured water down his throat till he gaye a gurgle and spat out some phlegm. “That’s better," they said, and helped him to his feet. But when Chou Chin saw the desk he beat his head against it again. Only, instead of falling unconscious, this time he burst into loud sob- bing. Not all their entieaties could stop him. “Are you out of your mind?” demanded Chin. “We came to the examination school to enjoy a bit of sightseeing. No- body has died in your family. Why take on like this?” But Chou Chin paid no attention. He just leaned his head against the desk and went on crying. After crying in the first room, he rushed over to cry in the second and then the third, rolling over and over on the floor till all his friends felt sorry for him. Seeing the state he was in, Chin and the guild head tried to lift him up, one on each side; but he refused to budge. He cried and cried, until he spat blood. Then all the others lent a hand to carry him out and set him down in a tea-house in front of the examination school. They urge& him to drink a bowl of tea. But he just went on sniffing and blinking away’ his tears, looking quite broken-hearted. “What’s your trouble, Mr. Chou?” asked one of them. “What made you cry so bitterly in there?” “1 don’t think you realize, gentlemen,” said Chin, “that my brother-in-law is not really a merchant. He has studied hard for scores of years, but never even passed the prefectural ex- amination. That’s why the sight of the provincial examinii- tion school today upset him.” Touched on the raw like this, Chou Chin let himself go and sobbed even more noisily. “It seems to me you’re the one to blame, Old Chin,” said another merchant. “If Mr. Chou is a scholar, why did you bring him on such business?” “Because he was so hard up,“ said Chin. “He had lost his job as a tea’cher; there was no other way out for him.” “Judging by your brother-in-law’s appearance,” said an- other, ‘#he must be a very learned man. It’s because nobody rerogniees his worth that he feels so wronged.” I “He’s leariled all right,” said Chin, “but he’s been unlucky.” “Anybody who buys the rank of scholar’ of the Imperial College can go in for the examination,” said the man who had just spoken. .“Since Mr. Chou is so learned, why not buy him a rank so that he can take the examination? If he passes, that will make up for his unhappiness today.” “I agree with you,” rejoined Chin. “But where’s the money
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2009 for the course TRAD 101 taught by Professor Weiner during the Fall '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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