1. It was difficult to talk (profitably and
reputably) with the people of Hu-hsiang, and a lad of that place having had an
interview with the Master, the disciples doubted.
2. The Master said, 'I admit people's
approach to me without committing myself as to what they may do when they have
retired. Why must one be so severe? If a man purify himself to wait upon me, I
receive him so purified, without guaranteeing his past conduct.'