the girl， as she peeped out from inside the door， perceived the lictors and policemen go by two by two； and when unexpectedly in a state chair， was carried past an official， in black hat and red coat， she was indeed quite taken aback.
"the face of this officer would seem familiar，" she argued within herself； "just as if I had seen him somewhere or other ere this."
Shortly she entered the house， and banishing at once the occurrence from her mind， she did not give it a second thought. At night， however， while she was waiting to go to bed， she suddenly heard a sound like a rap at the door. A band of men boisterously cried out： "We are messengers， deputed by the worthy magistrate of this district， and come to summon one of you to an enquiry."
Feng Su， upon hearing these words， fell into such a terrible consternation that his eyes stared wide and his mouth gaped.