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And certainly once the girl—rather greater than a lady, because it grew to become out: possibly twenty-six or -eight—learned that the emperor had obvious Ling Long’s paintings and desired to meet him, as Chou tactfully placed it, she used to be downright wanting to introduce them. there has been no room for all of the viewers within the cramped room she shared together with her father, she defined, so purely Chou and Tian-wu her up the rickety stair. Above, they discovered the reality of the abbot’s cost. The artist was once within the very act of filling from a straw-wrapped pottery jar, and never for the 1st time, a chipped rice-ware bowl. Suspicious at the quick, fearing he should be obliged by way of courtesy to provide his liquor to those intruders, the previous man—who used to be now not truthfully very previous, simply unwell clad, soiled, and scrawny, as a lot of a multitude because the room round him—showed slightly a touch of leisure while informed that he was once summoned by way of the emperor. “All very flattering, I suppose,” he granted ultimately. “But I haven’t had my supper but. lady, the place is it? and also you needn’t imagine we’re going to percentage with you lot! ”—suddenly sharp—“I do this with the bad and the truthfully non secular. yet no longer wonderful gentry such as you! no longer that you’d fancy fare like ours, is my suspicion. And you’re no longer splitting the wine, neither. via the glance of you, you could manage to pay for your individual. I don’t suggest you, monk…Say, your face seems to be established. Do i do know you? ” Tian-wu bobbed his head. “I come to this zone at times to go to my honorable grandparents. They worship within the White Jade temple that you simply adorned with such a lot of just right photographs. ” Which, if real, Chou mirrored, was once approximately as wonderful in fact because the emperor held it to be in a healthy of drunken undesirable mood. not anything approximately this room instructed its tenant was once an artist. there have been no brushes, no scrolls, no jars of pigment to be noticeable. in fact, his paintings needs to almost always be performed immediate, on the temples whose clergymen employed him. in spite of this one may have anticipated no less than tough drafts and sketches . . . “And I don’t like what I listen approximately this new emperor,” Ling lengthy pursued. “Can’t think a person like that as a client of the humanities, not to mention a religious follower of Sakyamuni. nonetheless, a fee is a fee. I’ll come alongside within the morning. ” the problem being in his view settled, he gulped part the contents of his bowl and growled at his daughter one other call for for supper. Raindrops began to patter at the roof. these within sight shutters that have been nonetheless open slammed with an abnormal succession of bangs. Chou cleared his throat. “I’m afraid that won’t do,” he stated with an test at politeness. Ling lengthy blinked. “You come now,” the final amplified. “One doesn’t preserve emperors ready. ” Tian-wu made as if to talk. Chou plunged on. “There’s lots of wine on the monastery. nutrients in addition, i've got without doubt. Please come now. ” “‘One doesn’t retain emperors ready! ’” the painter repeated in a excessive mocking voice. “And what’s so pressing, in his opinion? ” He supped his wine back. “He’s jealous since you can see dragons,” Tian-wu declared sooner than Chou may perhaps scowl him into silence.