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Moment in Peking Chapter I 京华烟云 第一章 0003
The sun rose from the east and shone upon the entrance to the house, making the leaves of the big colanut tree glisten with the dew. This was the Yao house. It was not an imposing entrance - a small black door with a red disc in the center. The colanut tree cast its shade over the entrance, and a driver was sitting on a low stone tablet sunk into the ground. The morning was delightful, and yet it promised to be a hot day with a clear sky. A medium-sized earthen jar was standing near the tree, which provided tea in hot summer days for thirsty wayfarers. But it was still empty. Noticing the jar, a driver remarked, "Your master does good deeds."
Lota replied there was no better man on earth than their master. He pointed to a slip of red paper pasted near the doorpost, which the driver could not read; but Lota explained to him that it said that medicines against cholera, colic, and dysentery would be given free to anybody.
"That's something important," said the driver. "You'd better give us some of that medicine for the journey."
"Why should you worry about medicine when you are traveling with our master?" said Lota. "isn't it the same whether you carry it or our master carries it?"
The drivers tried to pry out of Lota information about the family. Lota merely told them that his master was an owner of medicine shops.