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54. Kuei Mei / The Marrying Maiden

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--- --- above Chên The Arousing, Thunder
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------- below Tui The Joyous, Lake

The Judgement

The Marrying Maiden.
Undertakings bring misfortune.
Nothing that would further.

The Image

Thunder over the lake:
The image of The Marrying Maiden.
Thus the superior man
Understands the transitory
In the light of the eternity of the end.

The Lines

Change at the beginning means:
The marrying maiden as a concubine.
A lame man who is able to tread.
Undertakings bring good fortune.
Change in the second place means:
A one-eyed man who is able to see.
The perseverance of a solitary man furthers.
[] Change in the third place means:
The marrying maiden as a slave.
She marries as a concubine.
Change in the fourth place means:
The marrying maiden draws out the allotted time.
A late marriage comes in due course.
Change in the fifth place means:
The sovereign I gave his daughter in marriage.
The embroidered garments of the princess
Were not as gorgeous
As those of the servingmaid.
The moon that is nearly full
Brings good fortune.
[] Change at the top means:
The woman holds the basket, but there are no fruits in it.
The man stabs the sheep, but no blood flows.
Nothing that acts to further.