“Under three things the earth trembles.
Under four it cannot bear up.
When a slave becomes king,
When a fool is glutted with food,
When an unloved woman gets a husband,
When a maid succeeds her mistress.”
Once again we are back at the numerical proverb of 3 and 4. The earth trembles. There are 4 things that this author cannot bear: 1) a slave who becomes a king, 2) a fool filled with food, 3) an unloved woman with a husband, and 4) a maid that succeeds her mistress. These seem like annoying circumstances for an elite person who does not like people moving out of their social class status. However, there is a sensibility to the unloved wife and the scorned mistress.