With promptness （the fire） extended to two buildings， then enveloped three， then dragged four （into ruin）， and then spread to five houses， until the whole street was in a blaze， resembling the flames of a volcano. Though both the military and the people at once ran to the rescue， the fire had already assumed a serious hold， so that it was impossible for them to afford any effective assistance for its suppression. vibratior
It blazed away straight through the night， before it was extinguished， and consumed， there is in fact no saying how many dwelling houses. Anyhow， pitiful to relate， the Chen house， situated as it was next door to the temple， was， at an early part of the evening， reduced to a heap of tiles and bricks； and nothing but the lives of that couple and several inmates of the family did not sustain any injuries.
Shih-yin was in despair， but all he could do was to stamp his feet and heave deep sighs. After consulting with his wife， they betook themselves to a farm of theirs， where they took up their quarters temporarily. But as it happened that water had of late years been scarce， and no crops been reaped， robbers and thieves had sprung up like bees， and though the Government troops were bent upon their capture， it was anyhow difficult to settle down quietly on the farm. He therefore had no other resource than to convert， at a loss， the whole of his property into money， and to take his wife and two servant girls and come over for shelter to the house of his father-in-law. pearl rabbit
His father-in-law， Feng Su， by name， was a native of Ta Ju Chou. Although only a labourer， he was nevertheless in easy circumstances at home. When he on this occasion saw his son-in-law come to him in such distress， he forthwith felt at heart considerable displeasure. Fortunately Shih-yin had still in his possession the money derived from the unprofitable realization of his property， so that he produced and handed it to his father-in-law， commissioning him to purchase， whenever a suitable opportunity presented itself， a house and land as a provision for food and raiment against days to come. This Feng Su， however， only expended the half of the sum， and pocketed the other half， merely acquiring for him some fallow land and a dilapidated house.
Shih-yin being， on the other hand， a man of books and with no experience in matters connected with business and with sowing and reaping， subsisted， by hook and by crook， for about a year or two， when he became more impoverished.
In his presence， Feng Su would readily give vent to specious utterances， while， with others， and behind his back， he on the contrary expressed his indignation against his improvidence in his mode of living， and against his sole delight of eating and playing the lazy.
Shih-yin， aware of the want of harmony with his father-in-law， could not help giving way， in his own heart， to feelings of reGREt and pain. In addition to this， the fright and vexation which he had undergone the year before， the anguish and suffering （he had had to endure）， had already worked havoc （on his constitution）； and being a man advanced in years， and assailed by the joint attack of poverty and disease， he at length gradually began to display symptoms of decline. rabbit pearl