Kuei Mei. Line
translations by Dr. James Legge.
Kwei Mei indicates that (under the conditions which it denotes) action
will be evil, and in no wise advantageous.
1. The first Yang line, undivided, shows the younger sister married
off in a position ancillary to the real wife. (It suggests the idea
of) a person lame on one leg who yet manages to tramp along. Going
forward will be fortunate.
2. The second Yang line, undivided, shows her blind of one eye, and
yet able to see. There will be advantage in her maintaining the firm
correctness of a solitary widow.
3. The third Yin line, divided, shows the younger sister who was to be
married off in a mean position. She returns and accepts an ancillary
4. The fourth Yang line, undivided, shows the younger sister who is to
be married off protracting the time. She may be late in being married,
but the time will come.
5. The fifth Yin line, divided, reminds us of the marrying of the
younger sister of (king) Tî-yî, when the sleeves of her the princess
were not equal to those of the (still) younger sister who accompanied
her in an inferior capacity. (The case suggests the thought of) the
moon almost full. There will be good fortune.
6. The sixth Yin line, divided, shows the young lady bearing the
basket, but without anything in it, and the gentleman slaughtering the
sheep, but without blood flowing from it. There will be no advantage
in any way.
Kuei Mei. Line
translations by the Duke of Kau
The trigram representing the waters of a marsh and over it that for
thunder form Kuei Mei. The superior man, in accordance with this,
having regard to the far-distant end, knows the mischief that may be
done at the beginning.
1. The younger sister is married
off in a position ancillary to that of the real wife: it is the
constant practice for such a case. Lame on one leg, she is able to
tramp along: she can render helpful service.
2. There will be advantage in maintaining the firm correctness of a
solitary widow: the subject of the line has not changed from the
constancy proper to a wife.
3. The younger sister who was to be married off is an a mean position:
this is shown by the improprieties indicated in the line.
4. The purpose in protracting the time is that after waiting the thing
may be done all the better.
5. The sleeves of the younger sister of king Ti-yi, when she was
married away, were not equal to those of her half-sister, who
accompanied her: such was her noble character, indicated by the
central position of the line.
6. What is said in the sixth line, divided, about there being nothing
in the basket shows that the subject of it is carrying an empty