Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Yi 1423: Carole and "it"


Legge: The fifth line, dynamic, shows a decayed willow producing flowers, or an old wife in possession of her young husband. There will be occasion neither for blame nor for praise.
Wilhelm/Baynes: A withered poplar puts forth flowers. An older woman takes a husband. No blame. No praise.
Blofeld: The withered willow tree puts forth blossom -- an old woman takes a vigorous young husband; no blame, no praise! [No blame, in that there is no prohibition against such marriages; no praise, in that they are generally considered far more unsuitable than when the husband is much older than the wife.]
Liu: A withered poplar blossoms. An old woman gains a young husband: No blame, no praise.
Ritsema/Karcher: A withered willow giving-birth-to flowers. A venerable wife acquiring her notable husband. Without fault, without praise.
Shaughnessy: The bitter poplar gives life to flowers: the old wife gets her siring husband; there is no trouble, there is no praise.
Cleary (1): A withered willow produces flowers, and old woman gets a young man for a husband: no blame, no praise.
Wu: A withered willow tree grows a flower. An old woman takes a young husband. There will be neither blame nor praise.


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