"What！" exclaimed Yue-ts'un， "did this affair take place in that family？ Were we to begin reckoning， we would find the members of my clan to be anything but limited in number. Since the time of our ancestor Chia Fu， who lived while the Eastern Han dynasty occupied the Throne， the branches of our family have been numerous and flourishing； they are now to be found in every single province， and who could， with any accuracy， ascertain their whereabouts？ As regards the Jung-kuo branch in particular， their names are in fact inscribed on the same register as our own， but rich and exalted as they are， we have never presumed to claim them as our relatives， so that we have become more and more estranged."
"Don't make any such assertions，" Tzu-hsing remarked with a sigh， "the present two mansions of Jung and Ning have both alike also suffered reverses， and they cannot come up to their state of days of yore." mens strap on
"Up to this day， these two households of Ning and of Jung，" Yue-ts'un suggested， "still maintain a very large retinue of people， and how can it be that they have met with reverses？" strap on man
"To explain this would be indeed a long story，" said Leng Tzu-hsing. "Last year，" continued Yue-ts'un， "I arrived at Chin Ling， as I entertained a wish to visit the remains of interest of the six dynasties， and as I on that day entered the walled town of Shih T'ou， I passed by the entrance of that old residence. On the east side of the street， stood the Ning Kuo mansion； on the west the Jung Kuo mansion； and these two， adjoining each other as they do， cover in fact well-nigh half of the whole length of the street. Outside the front gate everything was， it is true， lonely and deserted； but at a glance into the interior over the enclosing wall， I perceived that the halls， pavilions， two-storied structures and porches presented still a majestic and lofty appearance. Even the flower garden， which extends over the whole area of the back grounds， with its trees and rockeries， also possessed to that day an air of luxuriance and freshness， which betrayed no signs of a ruined or decrepid establishment."