Through but one single, casual look
Soon an exalted place she took.
The fact is that after Yü-ts’un had been presented with the money by Shih-yin,
he promptly started on the 16th day for the capital, and at the triennial great tripos,
his wishes were gratified to the full. Having successfully carried off his degree of graduate of the third rank,
his name was put by selection on the list for provincial
appointments. By this time, he had been raised to the rank of Magistrate in this district; but, in spite of the excellence and sufficiency of his accomplishments and
abilities, he could not escape being ambitious and overbearing. He failed besides, confident as he was in his own merits,
in respect toward his superiors, with the result that these officials looked upon him scornfully with the corner of the eye.
A year had hardly elapsed, when he was readily denounced in a memorial to the Throne by the High Provincial authorities, who
represented that he was of a haughty disposition, that he had taken upon himself to introduce
innovations in the rites and ceremonies, that overtly, while he endeavoured to enjoy the
reputation of probity and uprightness, he, secretly, combined the nature of the tiger and wolf;
with the consequence that he had been the cause of much trouble in the district,
and that he had made life intolerable for the people, &c. &c.
The Dragon countenance of the Emperor was considerably incensed. His Majesty lost no time in issuing commands,
in reply to the Memorial, that he should be deprived of his official status.
On the arrival of the despatch from the Board, great was the joy felt by every officer, without exception, of the prefecture in which he had held office. Yü-ts’un,
though at heart intensely mortified and incensed, betrayed not the least outward symptom of annoyance, but still preserved, as of old, a smiling and cheerful countenance.
He handed over charge of all official business and removed the savings which he had accumulated during the several years he had been in office,