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The brothel-keeper insisted that she function a bondmaid with him for settling the debt, yet then outdated Kuo stepped in. He paid the money and married her. " pass judgement on Dee inspired the massive crimson seal of the tribunal at the record earlier than him. taking a look up, he remarked: "She turns out relatively an informed lady. " "She realized a lot approximately medications and drugs from outdated Kuo, Your Honor," the archivist stated. "She is a good women's health care professional now. before everything humans disapproved of her going approximately in public so freely, her being a married lady, yet now they're very completely happy that she does. she will be able to deal with ladies sufferers far better than a guy, who's in fact allowed merely to believe their pulse. " "I am completely satisfied she is the matron of our women's jail," the pass judgement on acknowledged as he passed the papers to the archivist. "As a rule these girls are despicable harridans who has to be managed always as a way to hinder them from maltreating and dishonest the inmates. " The archivist opened the door yet stood apart to allow go huge, broad-shouldered males, clad in thick leather-based driving jackets and donning fur caps with ear flaps. those have been Ma Joong and Chiao Tai, pass judgement on Dee's different lieutenants. As they strode within the pass judgement on gave them an affectionate glance. initially either have been highwaymen, "brothers of the golf green woods," as they're euphemistically referred to as. Twelve years ahead of, while pass judgement on Dee was once touring to his first put up as Justice of the Peace, they'd attacked him on a lonely stretch of the line. yet that they had been so inspired by means of pass judgement on Dee's fearless and compelling character they'd then and there forsworn their violent existence and entered the judge's provider. within the resulting years this ambitious pair had proved very worthy to the pass judgement on within the apprehension of risky criminals and different tricky and dicy projects. "What was once the problem? " pass judgement on Dee requested Ma Joong. Loosening his neckcloth Ma Joong spoke back with a smile: "Nothing to talk of, Your Honor. gangs of chair-bearers bought quarreling in that wine store, and while brother Chiao and that i got here in they have been simply settling all the way down to a true knife struggle. however the folks patted them on their heads a bit, and shortly after, all went domestic quietly. We introduced alongside the 4 ringleaders and in the event that your Honor approves we would allow them to cross the evening in detention center. " "That's all right," the pass judgement on acknowledged. "By the best way, did you get that wolf the farmers have been complaining approximately? " "Yes, Your Honor," Ma Joong replied, "and a robust fantastic hunt it was once! Our buddy Chu Ta-yuan noticed the guy first, a wide brute. yet he fumbled getting the arrow at the string, and Chiao Tai placed his directly in its throat! a superb shot, Your Honor! " "Chu's fumbling gave me my chance," Chiao Tai remarked together with his quiet smile. "I do not know why he bungled the shot, he's a fabulous bowman. " "And he's at it each day, too," Ma Joong extra. "You may still see him perform on these life-size objectives he models out of snow! He shoots whereas galloping round them, and approximately each arrow hits them correct within the head! " Ma Joong sighed in admiration.