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The Story of the Stone(25-48).doc

The Story of the Stone(25-48).d…

上传者: 落霞阁主人 2014-01-22 评分 5 0 161 22 733 暂无简介 简介 举报

简介:本文档为《The Story of the Stone(25-48)doc》,可适用于人文社科领域,主题内容包含CHAPTERTwocousinsaresubjectedbywitchcrafttotheassaultsofdemonsAndtheMagicJ符等。

CHAPTERTwocousinsaresubjectedbywitchcrafttotheassaultsofdemonsAndtheMagicJademeetsanoldacquaintancewhilerathertheworseforwearWehaveseenhowCrimsonafterlyingalongtimeapreytoconfusedandtroubledthoughtsatlastdozedofftosleepandhowlaterwhenJiaYungrabbedathersheturnedandfledonlytostumbleandfallonthethresholdofherroom.Atthatpointshewokeinbedanddiscoveredthatshehadbeendreaming.Shedidnotgettosleepagainafterthatbutlaytossingrestlesslythroughoutthenight.Whendaylightcameatlastshegotupandshortlyafterwasjoinedbytheothermaidswhosharedwithhertheearlymorningdutiesofsweepingtheroomsandcourtyardsandfetchingwaterfortheothers’washing.Crimson’sowntoiletwasasimpleone:abrieflookinthemirrorwhileshecoiledherhairaquickwash)andshewasreadytojointheothersintheirsweeping.HerencounterwithBaoyuhadmadeastrongerimpressiononthatimpressionableyoungmanthansherealized.HehadeventhoughtofaskingforherbynametowaituponhimbuthesitatedpartlyfromfearofoffendingAromaandtherest)andpartlybecausehedidnotknowwhatshewasreallylikeanddreadedtheunpleasantnessofsendingherawayagainifsheprovedunsatisfactory.Thequestionstillpreoccupiedhimwhenhewokethatmorning.Herosequiteearlyandsatmusingsilentlyonhisownmakingnoefforttobeginhistoilet.Inalittlewhilethepapercoveredshutterswereremovedandhewasabletoseeclearlythroughthesilkengauzeofthecasementintothecourtyardoutside.Hecouldseeseveralgirlstheresweepingallofthemheavilymadeupandwithflowersandornamentsintheirhairbutnosignofthequietneatgirlofthedaybefore.Hewentoutsideinhisslipperstolookaroundpretendingthathehadgoneouttoinspecttheflowers.Hecouldseesomeoneleaningonthebalustradeinthesouthwestcornerofthecloisterlikecoveredwalkbutshewashalfhiddenbythecrabappletreeandhecouldnotmakeoutwhoitwas.Heapproachedandlookedmoreclosely.Itwassheyesterday’sgirlstandingthereonherownapparentlylostinthought.HewasalittleshyofaddressingheratthatparticularmomentandwasstillhesitatingwhenEmeraldcameupandaskedhimtocomeinandwash.Hehadtogoinagainwithouthavingspokentoher.WhileCrimsonstoodtheremusingshesuddenlybecameawarethatAromawasbeckoningtoherandhurrieduptoseewhatshewanted.‘Ourspittoonisbroken’Aromasaid.‘CanyougotoMissLin’sandaskthemiftheywilllendusoneuntilwecangetareplacement?’CrimsonhurriedoffinthedirectionoftheNaiad’sHouse.WhenshegottoGreenHazeBridgeshestoppedamomenttolookaround.Shenoticedthatclothscreenshadbeensetupallalongthesideoftheartificialhillandrememberedthatthiswasthedayonwhichtheworkmenwerecomingintothegardentoplanttrees.ShecouldjustmakeoutaknotofworkmendiggingaholeinthedistanceandJiaYunsittingonsomerockssupervisingthem.Shewouldhavelikedtogooverbutdidnotquitedareandhavingcollectedthespittoonreturnedinverylowspiritsandlaydowninherownroomtobrood.Theothersallassumedthatshemustbefeelingunwellandtooknonotice.*NextdaywasthebirthdayofWangZiteng’slady.AmessagehadalreadybeenreceivedfromthatquarterinvitingGrandmotherJiaandLadyWangtospendthedaywithher.LadyWangwouldhavelikedtogobutfeltunableeventhoughtheinvitationwasfromherbrother’swifebecauseshecouldseethatGrandmotherJiadidnotwantto.WangZiteng’sother.sisterAuntXuewentinsteadtogetherwithhisnieceXifengBaochaiBaoyuandthethreeJiagirls.Theydidnotreturnuntiltheevening.NotlongbeforetheyreturnedJiaHuangotbackfromschoolandLadyWanggavehimthetaskofcopyingoutthetextofthatprolongeroflifeandhighlyefficaciousprophylacticagainstsicknessandmisfortunetheDharanioftheImmaculateDiamond.HeseatedhimselfonLadyWang’skangcalledforacandletobelitandwithagreatdealofselfimportantfussbeganhiscopyingoneminutecallingforSuncloudtopourhimteathenextrequiringSilvertotrimthewickofhiscandleandshortlyafterthatinformingGlden?hatshewasstandinginhislight.ThemaidsallhatedJiaHuanandtooknonoticeallthatisexceptSunsetwhohadalwayshadasoftspotforhim.ShepouredhimacupofteaandobservingthatLadyWangwasengagedinconversationwithsomeoneelsewhereintheapartmentquietlycounselledsomerestraint:‘Trynottothrowyourweightaboutso!’shesaid.‘It’ssillytoputpeople’sbacksup.’JiaHuanscowledangrily:‘IknowwhatI’mdoing’hesaid.‘I)on’ttalktomelikeachild!You’refriendswithBaoyunowadaysaren’tyou?Youdon’tlikemeanymore.Iknow.I’vewatchedyouboth.’Sunsetclenchedherteeth.Shestabbedtheairabovehisheadwithherfinger:‘Youungratefulthing!You’relikethedogthatbitLüDongbin:youdon’tknowafriendwhenyouseeone.’TheywerestillexchangingwordswhenXifengcameinhavingjustgotbackfromthebirthdayparty.LadyWangwantedtoknowabouttheotherladieswhohadbeeninvitedwhethertheplayshadbeenanygoodandwhatsortofthingstheyhadhadtoeatanddrink.InalittlewhileBaoyutooarrivedandafterafewrespectfulwordstohismotheraskedtheservantstotakeoffhisheadbandandgownforhimandhelphimoffwithhisboots.Disencumberedheflunghimselfintohismother’sbosomtobefondledandpettedbyherthenworminghiswayupandnuzzlingaffectionatelyagainstherneckheproceededtoaddhisownamusingcommentaryontheday’sevents.‘You’vebeendrinkingagainchild’saidLadyWang.‘Yourfaceisburning.Allthisrompingaboutwillmakeyousick.Liedownquietlyforawhileoverthere!’Shemadethembringhimaheadrest).andhelaydownbehindhertowardsthebackofthekang.Sunsetwasinstructedtomassagehimbygentlypattinghislegs.HetriedtojokewithSunsetasshekneltbesidehimbutshebarelyacknowledgedhisquestionsandansweredfrigidlydirectinghereyesandallherattentionuponJiaHuan.Baoyuseizedherhand:‘Comemydear!YoumusttakenoticeofmeifIspeaktoyou!’Hetuggedatherhandashespokebutshesnatcheditfromhisgrasp.‘Ifyoudothatagain’shesaid‘Ishallcallout!’JiaHuanheardeverywordofthisexchange.HehadalwayshatedBaoyuandthisflirtingwithSunsethisSunsetwasthelaststraw.Hemustberevengedorburst.Amoment’sreflectionsuggestedthemeans.Hehadonlytofeignaslightclumsinessofthehandanditwasdone.ThecandlebrimmingwithmoltenwaxtoppledstraightontoBaoyu’sface.Therewasapiercingcrywhichmadeeveryoneelseintheroomjump.Quicklytheybroughtstandardlampsupfromthefloorbelow.BytheirlightBaoyu’sfacewasseentobecoveredalloverinwax.TornbetweenanguishforhimandangerwithJiaHuanLadyWangurgedtheservantstoremoveitasquicklyaspossiblewhilealternatelyberatingtheotherboyforhiscarelessness.XifengscrambledupontothekangtohelptheservantsgrumblingatJiaHuanasshedidso:‘HuanyouarethemostcackhandedcreatureIhaveevermet!Youaresimplynotfitfordecentcompany.Idon’tknowwhyAuntZhaohasn’ttaughtyoubetter.’HerwordsremindedLadyWangthatshehadbeenabusingaMasterinfrontoftheservants.SheceasedrebukingJiaHuanatonceandsummoningAuntZhaodirectedallherwrathuponthatlucklessconcubine:‘ThisisafinesonyouboreusImustsay!Heisablackheartedlittlemonster!Youmightatleasttrytoteachhimbetter.Butno.TimeandagainIhaveoverlookedthissortofthingbutinsteadoffeelingsorryyougloryinit.YouthinkthatwhenIdonothingyouhavegotthebetterofme.’AuntZhaowasobligedtoswallowherangerandendurethesetauntsinsilence.Sheclimbedupontothekangandmadeashowofhelpingtheotherswiththeinjuredboy.Shelookedathisface.Thewholeleftsideofitwasbadlyblistered.Itwasawonderthattheeyehadnotbeendamaged.WhenLadyWangsawitshewasbothfullofanguishforhersonandatthesametimewhenshethoughtofthequestioningtowhichshewouldinevitablybesubjectedbyGrandmotherjiaandwonderedwhatshewouldsayterrifiedonherownaccount.TorelieveherfearsheturnedoncemoreonAuntZhao.ThenaftertonguelashingtheconcubineshecomfortedherbelovedsonandappliedAntiphlogisticOintmenttotheblisteredpartofhisface.‘Itdoeshurtabit’saidBaoyuwhensheaskedhim‘butnothingveryterrible.WhenGrandmaasksaboutit)wehadbettertellherthatIdidit.’‘She’llblametherestofusfornotlookingafteryouproperlyevenifyousayyoudidityourself’saidXifeng.‘There’llbearowwhateveryousay.’LadyWangtoldthemtoseehimbacktohisroom.ItwasagreatshocktoAromaandtheothermaidswhentheysawhim.DaiyuhadhadadulltimeofitwithBaoyuawayalldayandinthecourseoftheeveningsentseveraltimesroundtohisroomtoinquirewhetherhewasbackyet.Itwasinthiswaythatsheheardabouthisscalding.Shehurriedroundimmediatelytoseeforherselfhowhewas.Shefoundhimwithamirrorinhishandexaminingtheextentofthedamage.Theentireleftsideofhisfacewasthicklyplasteredwithointmentfromwhichshededucedthattheinjurymustbeaseriousone.Butwhensheapproachedhimtolookcloserheavertedhisheadandwavedheraway.Heknewhowsqueamishshewasandfearedthatthesightofitwouldupsether.Daiyuforherpartwassufficientlyawareofherownweaknessnottoinsistonlooking.Shemerelyaskedhim‘whetherithurtverybadly’‘Notsobadasallthat’saidBaoyu.‘Acoupleofdaysanditwillprobablybeallrightagain.’Daiyusatwithhimalittlelongerandthenwentbacktoherroom.NextdayBaoyuhadtoseeGrandmotherJia.Althoughhetoldherthathehadburnedhimselfthroughhisowncarelessnesstheoldladyashadbeenpredictedberatedhisattendantsforhavingallowedtheaccidenttohappen.AnotherdaywentbyandBaoyu’sgodmotheroldMotherMacalledround.MotherMawasaWiseWoman.HerspecialrelationshipwithBaoyuhadbeenarrangedinhisinfancytoensurehimtheprotectionofherpowers.Shewasshockedbyhergodson’sappearanceandonbeinginformedofthecauseshookherheadandtuttedsympathetically.Shemadeafewsignsoverhisfacewithherfingersmutteringsomegibberishasshedidsoafterwhichsheassuredthemthathewouldsoonbebetterthemalignantaurathathadcausedtheaccidentwasofatransitoryimpermanentnature.SheturnedtoGrandmotherJia:‘Blessyoumyluckylady!Blessyoudearie!Youdon’tknowahalfoftheunseenharmsanddangerstheScripturetellsusof.Allthesonsofprincesandgreatfolksthemomenttheybegintogrowuparefllowedroundeverywheretheygobytroopsofinvisiblelittleimpsspitefullittlecreatureswhonipthemandpinchthemwhenevertheycan.Sometimestheyknockthericebowlfromtheirhandswhenthey’reeating.Sometimestheypushthemoverwhentheyarewalking.It’sonaccountofthesecreaturesthatsomanyyounggentlemenofgoodfamilydon’tlivetomakeoldbones.’GrandmotherJiawasanxioustoknowiftheafflictedpersoncouldbefreedfromtheseunwelcomeattentions.‘Easily’saidMotherMa.‘Bydoinggoodworks.Givingabitmoretocharityontheyoungperson’sbehalf.Thereisanotherwaythough.AccordingtowhattheScripturesaysthere’saBodhisattvaofUniversalLightlivingintheParadiseoftheWestwhospendshistimelightingupthedarkplaceswheretheseevilspiritslurkandifanybelievermaleorfemalewillmakeofferingstothatBodhisattvainaproperspiritofdevoutnesshewillgranttheirchildrenandgrandchildrenhisholypeaceandprotectthemfrompossessionbydevilsandfromthepowersofdarkness.’‘WhatsortofofferingsdoyoumaketothisBodhisattva?’GrandmotherJiaaskedher.‘Nothingveryspecial.Apartfromtheusualincenseofferingswetakeafewpoundsofsesameoileachdayandmakewhatwecalla“seaoflight”byburningwicksinit.WebelievethatthisseaoflightisthetranssubstantialbodyoftheBodhisattva.Ithastobekeptburningnightanddayandneverallowedtogoout.’‘Howmuchoildoesittaketokeepitburningforonewholedayandnight?’saidGrandmotherJia.‘Ishouldliketodothisfortheboy.’‘There’snofixedamount’saidMotherMa.‘Weleaveittoourclientstodecidehowmuchtheywanttogive.ThereareseveralmembersofthearistocracyamongthoseIdothisservicefor.Let’ssee...There’sthePrinceofAnnan’slady.She’smybiggestsubscriber.Hersubscriptionisforfortyeightpoundsofoilandapoundoflampwicksaday.Herseaoflightisprettynearlyasbigasacistern.Thenthere’stheMarquisofJinxiang’slady:twentypoundsofoiladay.Ohandthere’ssomepaysfortenpoundsadaysomeforeightpoundsthreepoundsfivepoundsallsorts.AllofthemIkeeptheirseasoflightburningforthembackatmyhouse.’GrandmotherJianoddedthoughtfully.‘OnethingIshouldmention’saidMotherMa(observingthethoughtfulness):‘iftheofferingisforanolderpersonamotherorfathersayitdoesn’tmatterhowmuchyousubscribebutifit’sanolderpersonmakingitforayoungeronelikeasitmaybeYourLadyshipforBaoyuyoudon’twanttosubscribetoomuchoritwouldoverloadhisluckandhavetheoppositeeffect.InthecaseofYourLadyshipsubscribingforBaoyuIshouldsuggestbetweenfiveandsevenpoundsaday.’‘Makeitfivepoundsadaythen’saidGrandmotherJia.‘We’llworkoutthetotalandsendyouamonth’ssupplyeverymonth.’‘AmitabhaMercifulBuddha!BlessHisHolyName!’saidMotherMa.AsafurtherprecautionGrandmotherJiacalledinsomeofBaoyu’smaidsandtoldthemthatinfuturewheneverBaoyuwentoutanywherehispagesweretobeprovidedwithseveralstringsofcashtogiveasalmstoanyitinerantmonksorpriestsoranypoororafflictedpersonstheymightmeetupontheway.AfterseeingGrandmotherjiaMotherMadriftedroundthemansioncallingatvariousotherapartments.PresentlyshecametoAuntZhao’sroom.AftertheyhadexchangedgreetingsAuntZhaotoldherlittleservanttopourtheoldwomanacupoftea.AuntZhaowaspastingpiecesofclothtogetherforsolingshoeswithandMotherMaobservedthatthekangaroundherwaspiledwithmiscellaneousremnantsofmaterial.‘I’mlookingforsomethingtomakeapairofuppersoutofdearie’saidMotherMa.‘Isupposeyouhaven’tgotanoldbitofsilkoranoldbitofsatinthatwoulddo?Itdoesn’tmatteraboutthecolour.’AuntZhaoheavedalongsufferingsigh:‘Takealookatthislot!Youwon’tfindanythingmuchworthhavinghere.Nothingworthhavinginthisfamilyevercomesmyway.Butyou’rewelcometopickoutacoupleofpiecesifyoudon’tmindthepoorquality.’MotherMarummagedaroundintheheapandhavingpickedoutseveralpiecesstuffedthemintohersleeve.‘IsentsomeoneroundtoyoutheotherdaywithfivehundredcashtopayforanofferingtotheMedicineBuddha’saidAuntZhao.‘Haveyoumanagedtomakeityet?’‘Ohyes.Thatwasdonedaysago.’‘HolyName!’saidAuntZhao.‘I’ddoitoftenerifthingswereabiteasierbutyouknowthesaying:“myheartiswillingbutmypurseislean”.’‘Don’tyouworryaboutthat!’saidMotherMa.‘Youonlyhavetoholdoutafewmoreyears.WhenyourHuanhasgrownupandgothimselfajobintheServiceyou’llbeabletoaffordallthegoodworksyouwant.’AuntZhaomadeascornfulsoundinhernose:‘Hfn!Let’snottalkaboutit!It’llbenodifferentthenfromwhatitisnow:HuanandIwillneverbeabletocompetewiththeOtherOne.It’sliketheHeavenlyDragonappearingwhenhecomesonthescene.MindyouIdon’tholditagainstthechild.He’sagoodlookingboyisBaoyuandyoucanunderstandthegrownupsbeingsillyabouthim.NothisistheoneIcan’tstand.’Assheutteredtheword‘this’shehelduptwofingers.MotherMaguessedhermeaning:‘NumberTwo’theyoungeroftheRongmansion’stwodaughtersinlaw.‘YoumeanMrsLian?’shesaid.AuntZhao’sfaceassumedanexpressionofterror.MotioningagitatedlytotheothertoremainsilentshegotupwenttothedoorraisedthedoorblindlookedaroundandhavingsatisfiedherselfthattherewerenoeavesdropperscamebackandsatdownagainherfaceclosetoMotherMa’s.‘She’sadreadfulpersondreadful!Ifthatwomandoesn’tendupbycarryingoffeverystickofpropertybelongingtothisfamilytolineherownnestwithmyname’snotZhao!’MotherMasensedinterestingpossibilitiesinthisconversationandwasquicktoexplorethem:‘Itdoesn’tneedyoutotellmethat’shesaid.‘Yousurelydon’tthinkIhaven’tnoticedthat?I’veoftenwonderedwhyyoualllethergetawaywithitthoughIsupposeit’sprobablyjustaswellyoudo.’‘Mydeargoodwoman’saidAuntZhao‘we’venochoicebuttolethergetawaywithit.Whowouldeverhavethenervetostanduptoher?‘Well’saidMotherMa‘Idon’twanttoseematroublemakerbutifyoudon’tmindmysayingsoyoudoallseemtohaveactedahithelplessabouthernotthatI’mblamingyoumind.ButImeantosayevenifyoudaren’tstanduptoheropenlytherearethingsyoucoulddoinsecret.I’msurprisedyouhaven’tthoughtofitbefore.’ToAuntZhaothewordsseemedtocontainahiddenpromise.Sheconcealedherpleasure.‘Whatdoyoumean:“thingswecoulddoinsecret”?’shesaid.‘I’mwillingenoughtodothem:it’sjustthatI’venevermetanyonewhocouldtellmehow.IfyouwouldshowmethewayI’dpayyou.I’dpayalot.’MotherMacouldseethattheyunderstoodeachotherbutshewastakingnochances.‘HolyName!Don’taskmeaboutthingslikethat!Idon’ttouchthatkindofbusiness.Nonono.That’swicked.’Thereyouare!’saidAuntZhao.‘That’sallthehelpIeverget.AndIthoughtyouweresuchakindpersonalwayshelpingthoseintrouble.AreyoupreparedtostandbyandwatchmeandmyHuanbeingmademincemeatofbythatschemingwoman?Isupposeit’sbecauseyouthinkIwouldn’tpayyou.’‘IfyouwastosaythatIamtootenderheartedtostandbyandwatchyouandyourboybeingwronged’saidMotherMa‘youwouldbesayingnomorenorlessthanthetruth.ButIdon’tknowwhatyoumeanaboutpay.WhathaveyougotthatyoucouldtemptmewithdearieevenifIwaswillingtodoitforpay?’AuntZhaoobservedthatheroppositiontotheveryideaofhelpingherinthedesiredwayhadconsiderablyweakened.‘Forsomeonesoclever’shesaid‘aren’tyoubeingratherstupid?Ifyouhelpmeanditworkswiththetwoofthemsafelyoutofthewayeverythinginthishouseholdwillbeours.You’llbeabletoaskforwhatyoulike.Fancynotthinkingofthat!’MotherMaloweredherheadandreflectedforawhileinsilence.‘Whenthattimecomesandyou’resafelylanded’shesaideventually‘youwon’twanttohaveanythingmoretodowithmedearienotwhenI’vegotnoprooftoshowwhatIdoneforyou.’‘That’snoproblem’saidAuntZhao.‘I’vegotafewtaelsputbyofmyownsavingsandI’vegotsomedressesandthere’smyjewellery.YoucantakesomeofeachtobegettingonwithandIcangiveyouanIOUpromisingtopayyousomuchlateron.Wecanhaveawitnesstooifyoulike.’‘Areyousure?’‘WhyshouldItellalie?’saidAuntZhaoandsummonedatrustedcroneintowhoseearshewhisperedinstructions:‘Pspspspspspspsps.’Theoldcronenoddedandwentoutreturningafterafewminuteswithapromissorynoteforfivehundredtaelsofsilver.AuntZhaomadehermarkonitandthenwenttothewardrobetogetouthersavings.Thewhiteshineofsilverand

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