Lu Zhi explained,

Lu Zhi explained, “I had surrounded the rebels and was on the point of smashing them, when Zhang Jue employed some of his supernatural powers and prevented my victory. The court sent down Eunuch Zhuo Feng to inquire into my failure, and that official demanded a bribe. I told him how hard pressed we were …

the seer made no reply,

the seer made no reply, and again and again Cao Cao pressed the question. then Xu Shao replied, “In peace you are an able subject; in chaos you are a crafty hero!” Cao Cao GREatly rejoiced to hear this. Cao Cao graduated at twenty and earned a reputation of piety and integrity. He began his …

When weapons were ready,

When weapons were ready, the troop, now five hundred strong,   marched to Commander Zhou Jing, who presented them to Imperial Protector Liu Yan. When the ceremony of introduction was over, Liu Bei declared his ancestry, and Liu Yan at once accorded him the esteem due to a relation. Before many days it was announced …