Tai-yue readily concluded that this at last was the main inner suite of apartments. A raised broad road led in a straight line to the large gate. Upon entering the Hall， and raising her head， she first of all perceived before her a large tablet with blue ground， upon which figured nine dragons of reddish gold. The inscription on this tablet consisted of three characters as large as a peck-measure， and declared that this was the Hall of Glorious Felicity. double strap on
At the end， was a row of characters of minute size， denoting the year， month and day， upon which His Majesty had been pleased to confer the tablet upon Chia Yuan， Duke of Jung Kuo. Besides this tablet， were numberless costly articles bearing the autograph of the Emperor. On the large black ebony table， engraved with dragons， were placed three antique blue and GREen bronze tripods， about three feet in height. On the wall hung a large picture representing black dragons， such as were seen in waiting chambers of the Sui dynasty. On one side stood a gold cup of chased work， while on the other， a crystal casket. On the ground were placed， in two rows， sixteen chairs， made of hard-grained cedar.
there was also a pair of scrolls consisting of black-wood antithetical tablets， inlaid with the strokes of words in chased gold. Their burden was this： doc johnson toys
On the platform shine resplendent pearls like sun or moon， And the sheen of the Hall facade gleams like russet sky. big strapon
Below， was a row of small characters， denoting that the scroll had been written by the hand of Mu Shih， a fellow-countryman and old friend of the family， who， for his meritorious services， had the hereditary title of Prince of Tung Ngan conferred upon him. vibrarors
the fact is that madame Wang was also not in the habit of sitting and resting， in this main apartment， but in three side-rooms on the east， so that the nurses at once led Tai-yue through the door of the eastern wing.
On a stove-couch， near the window， was spread a foreign red carpet. On the side of honour， were laid deep red reclining-cushions， with dragons， with gold cash （for scales）， and an oblong brown-coloured sitting-cushion with gold-cash-spotted dragons. On the two sides， stood one of a pair of small teapoys of foreign lacquer of peach-blossom pattern. On the teapoy on the left， were spread out Wen Wang tripods， spoons， chopsticks and scent-bottles. On the teapoy on the right， were vases from the Ju Kiln， painted with girls of GREat beauty， in which were placed seasonable flowers； （on it were） also teacups， a tea service and the like articles.
On the floor on the west side of the room， were four chairs in a row， all of which were covered with antimacassars， embroidered with silverish-red flowers， while below， at the feet of these chairs， stood four footstools. On either side， was also one of a pair of high teapoys， and these teapoys were covered with teacups and flower vases.
the other nick-nacks need not be minutely described.
the old nurses pressed Tai-yue to sit down on the stove-couch； but， on perceiving near the edge of the couch two embroidered cushions， placed one opposite the other， she thought of the gradation of seats， and did not therefore place herself on the couch， but on a chair on the eastern side of the room； whereupon the waiting maids， in attendance in these quarters， hastened to serve the tea.