chapter  XVII
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The height of prosperity and influence that Dunglin and his sons now shared coincided, strangely enough, with the very period when the Chang family, with whom Dunglin's household had started out on its life's course upon a basis of equality and partnership, sank to a disastrous end. Indeed as the Hwangs had risen in the world the Changs had fallen. Their final destruction touched the lives of the Hwang sons, but by now the connection between the familes was strained and remote. In fact, when the end came for the Changs, the Hwangs were hardly affected at all, except sentimentally, and even sentiment was not enough to bring them to active support of their former allies.