One thing alone marred his happiness.He had lived over

One thing alone marred his happiness. He had lived over half a century and had, as yet, no male offspring around his knees. He had one only child,   a daughter, whose infant name was Ying Lien. She was just three years of age. On a long summer day, on which the heat had been intense, Shih-yin sat leisurely in his library. Feeling his hand tired, he dropped the book he held, leant his head on a teapoy, and fell asleep. Of a sudden, while in this state of unconsciousness, it seemed as if he had betaken himself on foot …

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