Transcribed by Yang Yung-xin.
In this song the mothers of the prospective bridegroom and bride are called respectively, "the woman, the aunt" and "the woman, the mother". The two fathers are not distinguished, both are "the man, the father", but since neither ever appears without his wife, there is no confusion.
Having arrived on his third visit, the middleman was entitled to an answer one way or the other. By failing to give one, the parents could expect to be put under some pressure. Their problem was that they did not want to lose their particularly talented daughter, but if they refused, would another suitor come forward, and would he be any more acceptable? Moreover, time was a significant factor. Families preferred their daughters-in-law to be younger rather than older.
There are a number of isolated points, which call for some comment.
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