It must be explained， however， that the maid Chi'ao Hsing was the very person， who， a few years ago， had looked round at Yue-ts'un and who， by one simple， unpremeditated glance， evolved， in fact， this extraordinary destiny which was indeed an event beyond conception. vibtator
Who would ever have foreseen that fate and fortune would both have so favoured her that she should， contrary to all anticipation， give birth to a son， after living with Yue-ts'un barely a year， that in addition to this， after the lapse of another half year， Yue-ts'un's wife should have contracted a sudden illness and departed this life， and that Yue-ts'un should have at once raised her to the rank of first wife. Her destiny is adequately expressed by the lines：
Through but one single， casual look Soon an exalted place she took.
the fact is that after Yue-ts'un had been presented with the money by Shih-yin， he promptly started on the 16th day for the capital， and at the triennial GREat tripos， his wishes were gratified to the full. Having successfully carried off his degree of graduate of the third rank， his name was put by selection on the list for provincial appointments. By this time， he had been raised to the rank of Magistrate in this district； but， in spite of the excellence and sufficiency of his accomplishments and abilities， he could not escape being ambitious and overbearing. He failed besides， confident as he was in his own merits， in respect toward his superiors， with the result that these officials looked upon him scornfully with the corner of the eye.