When they reached a creeper-laden gate， the sedan was put down， and all the youths stepped back and retired. The matrons came forward， raised the screen， and supported Tai-yue to descend from the chair.
Lin Tai-yue entered the door with the creepers， resting on the hand of a matron.
On both sides was a verandah， like two outstretched arms. An Entrance Hall stood in the centre， in the middle of which was a door-screen of Ta Li marble， set in an ebony frame. On the other side of this screen were three very small halls. At the back of these came at once an extensive courtyard， belonging to the main building.
In the front part were five parlours， the frieze of the ceiling of which was all carved， and the pillars ornamented. On either side， were covered avenues， resembling passages through a rock. In the side-rooms were suspended cages， full of parrots of every colour， thrushes， and birds of every description. discount vibrators
On the terrace-steps， sat several waiting maids， dressed in red and GREen， and the whole company of them advanced， with beaming faces， to greet them， when they saw the party approach. "Her venerable ladyship，" they said， "was at this very moment thinking of you， miss， and， by a strange coincidence， here you are."
Three or four of them forthwith vied with each other in raising the door curtain， while at the same time was heard some one announce： "Miss Lin has arrived."