54. Kuei Mei / The Marrying Maiden
above Chên The Arousing, Thunder
below Tui The Joyous, Lake
The Marrying Maiden.
Undertakings bring misfortune.
Nothing that would further.
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.
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.