"I have been，" she would often commune within herself， "the recipient of the gracious bounty of rain and dew， but I possess no such water as was lavished upon me to repay it！ But should it ever descend into the world in the form of a human being， I will also betake myself thither， along with it； and if I can only have the means of making restitution to it， with the tears of a whole lifetime， I may be able to make adequate return."
"This resolution it is that will evolve the descent into the world of so many pleasure-bound spirits of retribution and the experience of fantastic destinies； and this crimson pearl blade will also be among the number. The stone still lies in its original place， and why should not you and I take it along before the tribunal of the Monitory Vision Fairy， and place on its behalf its name on record， so that it should descend into the world， in company with these spirits of passion， and bring this plot to an issue？"
"It is indeed ridiculous，" interposed the Taoist. "Never before have I heard even the very mention of restitution by means of tears！ Why should not you and I avail ourselves of this opportunity to likewise go down into the world？ and if successful in effecting the salvation of a few of them， will it not be a work meritorious and virtuous？" best strap ons
"This proposal，" remarked the Buddhist， "is quite in harmony with my own views. Come along then with me to the palace of the Monitory Vision Fairy， and let us deliver up this good-for-nothing object， and have done with it！ And when the company of pleasure-bound spirits of wrath descend into human existence， you and I can then enter the world. Half of them have already fallen into the dusty universe， but the whole number of them have not， as yet， come together."
"Such being the case，" the Taoist acquiesced， "I am ready to follow you， whenever you please to go."
But to return to Chen Shih-yin. Having heard every one of these words distinctly， he could not refrain from forthwith stepping forward and paying homage. "My spiritual lords，" he said， as he smiled， "accept my obeisance." The Buddhist and Taoist priests lost no time in responding to the compliment， and they exchanged the usual salutations. "My spiritual lords，" Shih-yin continued； "I have just heard the conversation that passed between you， on causes and effects， a conversation the like of which few mortals have forsooth listened to； but your younger brother is sluggish of intellect， and cannot lucidly fathom the import！ Yet could this dulness and simplicity be graciously dispelled， your younger brother may， by listening minutely， with undefiled ear and careful attention， to a certain deGREe be aroused to a sense of understanding； and what is more， possibly find the means of escaping the anguish of sinking down into Hades."
the two spirits smiled， "The conversation，" they added， "refers to the primordial scheme and cannot be divulged before the proper season； but， when the time comes， mind do not forget us two， and you will readily be able to escape from the fiery furnace."
Shih-yin， after this reply， felt it difficult to make any further inquiries. "The primordial scheme，" he however remarked smiling， "cannot， of course， be divulged； but what manner of thing， I wonder， is the good-for-nothing object you alluded to a short while back？ May I not be allowed to judge for myself？"