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Her witticism is understood only by Pao-chai and herself. At Lady Dowager's suggestion, the family members and servants in both the Jung and Ning Mansions collectively make contributions to celebrate His-feng's birthday. More than one hundred and fifty taels are raised--enough for a fine feast and an opera performance given by hired, non-resident actresses. Madame Yu is responsible for the preparations. On the appointed day, everybody is ready to begin the grand celebration, but Pao-yu is missing.

When Pao-yu asks Fang-kuan what she has in her hand, she explains that it is rose-nitric powder for a spring rash. Chia Huan happens to overhear and asks for some, which Fang-kuan promises him. But when Fang-kuan discovers that she doesn't have enough, she wraps up a packet of jasmine powder and gives it to Chia Huan. His ignorance is sneered at by Lady Chao, who seizes this chance to bawl out the young actress. Encouraged by Mother Hsia, Ou-kuan's foster mother, Lady Chao rushes to Happy Red Court (Pao-yu's apartment) to insult Fang-kuan.

After retirement, she is still respected and popular. Even Lady Dowager treats her well. ) The occasion will celebrate her grandson's being promoted to the post of district magistrate. Hsi-feng promises to come but says that she's not going to bring any presents. She also says that she will keep the son of Chou Jui's wife in her service--only after he receives forty strokes for getting drunk and swearing, as well as for disrupting preparations for her birthday party. Once again, we see Hsi-feng 's strength and power.

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