8. The lucky star
Fang Lín, the day before going to the official examinations,
dreamt that a ghost was playing with a bushel.
Stretched on his bed, he analysed:
The character gui : ghost, and the character dou: bushel
(but also in "bei dou xing": the Great Bear),
these give the character
kuí : the first place,
(but also used in "kuí xing": the star a of the Great Bear & the God of literature);
indeed, he came out first at the literary examinations.
Fang Lín knows he can rely on his memory which is represented as the ghost.
He is playing with it
- under his lucky star -
and gauges it (with the help of the bushel).
To measure one's memory is the allegory - par excellence -
of literary examinations.