"Your uncle，" madame Wang explained， "is gone to observe this day as a fast day， but you'll see him by and bye. there's， however， one thing I want to talk to you about. Your three female cousins are all， it is true， everything that is nice； and you will， when later on you come together for study， or to learn how to do needlework， or whenever， at any time， you romp and laugh together， find them all most obliging； but there's one thing that causes me very much concern. I have here one， who is the very root of retribution， the incarnation of all mischief， one who is a ne'er-do-well， a prince of malignant spirits in this family. He is gone to-day to pay his vows in the temple， and is not back yet， but you will see him in the evening， when you will readily be able to judge for yourself. One thing you must do， and that is， from this time forth， not to pay any notice to him. All these cousins of yours don't venture to bring any taint upon themselves by provoking him."