When he on this occasion saw his son-in-law come to him in such distress, he forthwith felt at heart considerable displeasure.
the anguish and suffering (he had had to endure), had already worked havoc (on his constitution);
and being a man advanced in years, and assailed by the joint attack of poverty and disease, he at length gradually began to display symptoms of decline.
Strange coincidence, as he, on this day, came leaning on his staff and with considerable strain,
as far as the street for a little relaxation, he suddenly caught sight, approaching from the off side,
of a Taoist priest with a crippled foot;
his maniac appearance so repulsive,
his shoes of straw, his dress all in tatters,
muttering several sentiments to this effect:
and these too proved a source of calamity so ordained by fate (to consummate this decree).
With promptness (the fire) extended to two buildings, then enveloped three, then dragged four (into ruin),
Shih-yin was in despair, but all he could do was to stamp his feet and heave deep sighs. After consulting with his wife,
they betook themselves to a farm of theirs, where they took up their quarters temporarily. But as it happened that water had of late years been scarce,
and no crops been reaped, robbers and thieves had sprung up like bees, and though the Government troops were bent upon their capture,