"In these pages， the scenes depicting the anguish of separation， the bliss of reunion， and the fortunes of prosperity and of adversity are all， in every detail， true to human nature， and I have not taken upon myself to make the slightest addition， or alteration， which might lead to the perversion of the truth.
"My only object has been that men may， after a drinking bout， or after they wake from sleep or when in need of relaxation from the pressure of business， take up this light literature， and not only expunge the traces of antiquated books， and obtain a new kind of distraction， but that they may also lay by a long life as well as energy and strength； for it bears no point of similarity to those works， whose designs are false， whose course is immoral. Now， Sir Priest， what are your views on the subject？" pearl rabbit
K'ung K'ung having pondered for a while over the words， to which he had listened intently， re-perused， throughout， this record of the stone； and finding that the general purport consisted of nought else than a treatise on love， and likewise of an accurate transcription of facts， without the least taint of profligacy injurious to the times， he thereupon copied the contents， from beginning to end， to the intent of charging the world to hand them down as a strange story.
Hence it was that K'ung K'ung， the Taoist， in consequence of his perception， （in his state of） abstraction， of passion， the generation， from this passion， of voluptuousness， the transmission of this voluptuousness into passion， and the apprehension， by means of passion， of its unreality， forthwith altered his name for that of "Ch'ing Tseng" （the Voluptuous Bonze）， and changed the title of "the Memoir of a Stone" （Shih-t'ou-chi，） for that of "Ch'ing Tseng Lu，" The Record of the Voluptuous Bonze； while K'ung Mei-chi of Tung Lu gave it the name of "Feng Yueeh Pao Chien，" "The Precious Mirror of Voluptuousness." In later years， owing to the devotion by Tsao Hsueeh-ch'in in the Tao Hung study， of ten years to the perusal and revision of the work， the additions and modifications effected by him five times， the affix of an index and the division into periods and chapters， the book was again entitled "Chin Ling Shih Erh Ch'ai，" "The Twelve Maidens of Chin Ling." A stanza was furthermore composed for the purpose. This then， and no other， is the origin of the Record of the Stone. The poet says appositely：—— vibrators uk
Pages full of silly litter， Tears a handful sour and bitter； All a fool the author hold， But their zest who can unfold？
You have now understood the causes which brought about the Record of the Stone， but as you are not， as yet， aware what characters are depicted， and what circumstances are related on the surface of the block， reader， please lend an ear to the narrative on the stone， which runs as follows：——