L� suggests the idea of) one treading on the tail
of a tiger, which does not bite him. There will be progress and
Explanation of the separate lines
1. The first NINE, undivided, shows its subject
treading his accustomed path. If he go forward, there will be no
2. The second NINE, undivided, shows its subject
treading the path that is level and easy;--a quiet and solitary man,
to whom, if he be firm and correct, there will be good fortune.
3. The third SIX, divided, shows a one-eyed man
(who thinks he) can see; a lame man (who thinks he) can walk well;
one who treads on the tail of a tiger and is bitten. (All this
indicates) ill fortune. We have a (mere) bravo acting the part of a
4. The fourth NINE, undivided, shows its subject
treading on the tail of a tiger. He becomes full of apprehensive
caution, and in the end there will be good fortune.
5. The fifth NINE, undivided, shows the resolute
tread of its subject. Though he be firm and correct, there will be
6. The sixth NINE, undivided, tells us to look at
(the whole course) that is trodden, and examine the presage
which that gives. If it be complete and without failure, there will
be great good fortune.