pick@ out true talent. Butcher
cuta up tough
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
bad,” said the guild head.
“That must be why he has col-
“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
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
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.
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
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
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-
That’s why the sight of the provincial
tion school today upset him.”
Touched on the raw like this, Chou Chin let himself
sobbed even more noisily.
the one to blame, Old Chin,” said
“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
there was no other way out for him.”
“Judging by your brother-in-law’s appearance,” said an-
‘#he must be a very learned man. It’s because nobody
rerogniees his worth that he feels so wronged.”
all right,” said Chin, “but he’s been unlucky.”
“Anybody who buys the rank
College can go in for the examination,” said the man who had
.“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