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《歸妹 - Gui Mei》

English translation: James Legge [?] Library Resources
1 歸妹:
Xiang Zhuan:
(The trigram representing the waters of) a marsh and over it that for thunder form Gui Mei. The superior man, in accordance with this, having regard to the far-distant end, knows the mischief (that may be done at the beginning).

2 歸妹:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The younger sister is married off in a position ancillary to that of the real wife:' - it is the constant practice (for such a case). 'Lame on one leg, she is able to tramp along:' - she can render helpful service.

3 歸妹:
Xiang Zhuan:
'There will be advantage in maintaining the firm correctness of a solitary widow:' - (the subject of the line) has not changed from the constancy (proper to a wife).

4 歸妹:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The younger sister who was to be married off is in a mean position:' - this is shown by the improprieties (indicated in the line).

5 歸妹:
Xiang Zhuan:
(The purpose in) 'protracting the time' is that, after waiting, the thing may be done (all the better).

6 歸妹:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The sleeves of the younger sister of (king) Di-yi, when she was married away, were not equal to those of her (half-)sister, who accompanied her:' - such was her noble character, indicated by the central position of the line.

7 歸妹:
Xiang Zhuan:
'(What is said in) the sixth SIX, (divided),about there being nothing in the basket' shows that the subject of it is carrying an empty basket.

URN: ctp:book-of-changes/gui-mei2