"As regards the several stanzas of doggerel verse， they may too evoke such laughter as to compel the reader to blurt out the rice， and to spurt out the wine. waterproof rabbit
"In these pages， the scenes depicting the anguish of separation， the bliss of reunion， and the fortunes of prosperity and of adversity are all， in every detail， true to human nature， and I have not taken upon myself to make the slightest addition， or alteration， which might lead to the perversion of the truth. buy strap on
"My only object has been that men may， after a drinking bout， or after they wake from sleep or when in need of relaxation from the pressure of business， take up this light literature， and not only expunge the traces of antiquated books， and obtain a new kind of distraction， but that they may also lay by a long life as well as energy and strength； for it bears no point of similarity to those works， whose designs are false， whose course is immoral. Now， Sir Priest， what are your views on the subject？" seex toys
K'ung K'ung having pondered for a while over the words， to which he had listened intently， re-perused， throughout， this record of the stone； and finding that the general purport consisted of nought else than a treatise on love， and likewise of an accurate transcription of facts， without the least taint of profligacy injurious to the times， he thereupon copied the contents， from beginning to end， to the intent of charging the world to hand them down as a strange story.
Hence it was that K'ung K'ung， the Taoist， in consequence of his perception， （in his state of） abstraction， of passion， the generation， from this passion， of voluptuousness， the transmission of this voluptuousness into passion， and the apprehension， by means of passion， of its unreality， forthwith altered his name for that of "Ch'ing Tseng" （the Voluptuous Bonze）， and changed the title of "the Memoir of a Stone" （Shih-t'ou-chi，） for that of "Ch'ing Tseng Lu，" The Record of the Voluptuous Bonze； while K'ung Mei-chi of Tung Lu gave it the name of "Feng Yueeh Pao Chien，" "The Precious Mirror of Voluptuousness." In later years， owing to the devotion by Tsao Hsueeh-ch'in in the Tao Hung study， of ten years to the perusal and revision of the work， the additions and modifications effected by him five times， the affix of an index and the division into periods and chapters， the book was again entitled "Chin Ling Shih Erh Ch'ai，" "The Twelve Maidens of Chin Ling." A stanza was furthermore composed for the purpose. This then， and no other， is the origin of the Record of the Stone. The poet says appositely：——
Pages full of silly litter， Tears a handful sour and bitter； All a fool the author hold， But their zest who can unfold？
You have now understood the causes which brought about the Record of the Stone， but as you are not， as yet， aware what characters are depicted， and what circumstances are related on the surface of the block， reader， please lend an ear to the narrative on the stone， which runs as follows：——
In old days， the land in the South East lay low. In this South-East part of the world， was situated a walled town， Ku Su by name. Within the walls a locality， called the Ch'ang Men， was more than all others throughout the mortal world， the centre， which held the second， if not the first place for fashion and life. Beyond this Ch'ang Men was a street called Shih-li-chieh （Ten _Li_ street）； in this street a lane， the Jen Ch'ing lane （Humanity and Purity）； and in this lane stood an old temple， which on account of its diminutive dimensions， was called， by general consent， the Gourd temple. Next door to this temple lived the family of a district official， Chen by surname， Fei by name， and Shih-yin by style. His wife， nee Feng， possessed a worthy and virtuous disposition， and had a clear perception of moral propriety and good conduct. This family， though not in actual possession of excessive affluence and honours， was， nevertheless， in their district， conceded to be a clan of well-to-do standing. As this Chen Shih-yin was of a contented and unambitious frame of mind， and entertained no hankering after any official distinction， but day after day of his life took delight in gazing at flowers， planting bamboos， sipping his wine and conning poetical works， he was in fact， in the indulgence of these pursuits， as happy as a supernatural being.