- “I don’t have much food or money left at home. I owe Steward Zhou three pieces of silver. What am I going to do?„
- — Meng Hao laments about his poor state
on Chapter 1: Scholar Meng Hao
- He is often mentioned all throughout the novel as Meng Hao constantly remarks how he was never able to unravel the thread of karma connecting him to Steward Zhou; simply stated, his being unable to repay the debt he owed.