A Letter to Chen Meigong
Zhong Xing 1
A strange opportunity seemed to have brought about our chance meeting, which we thought to be too belated. However, if we had seen each other ten years ago, our insight into man's character would not have been so penetrating, and our mutual understanding would not have been so profound. The meeting of true friends is something extremely difficult. But, in my humble opinion, what is really regretful is not the lack of opportunity for people's meeting each other, but the lack of spiritual benefit from such a meeting—given spiritual benefit, there would be no reason to regret its being somewhat belated!
——Collection of the Chamber of Hidden Beauty
1. Zhong Xing (1574-1625), born in Jingling of Hubei Province, was a scholar and man of letter in the Ming Dynasty.