In Lloyd Alexander's The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen, what is Chapter 13 about?

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In Chapter 13 of Lloyd Alexander's novel The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen, one important event that occurs is that, while trekking towards the kingdom of T'ien-kuo with the great poet Master Shu, Master Shu imparts many points of wisdom. For example, he encourages Prince Jen by saying that Yuang-ming is wise enough to recognize Jen for what he is, an honest person. Jen next worries about having to "study every one of [Yuang-ming's] laws and precepts, his regulations, ordinances, decrees, analects" in order to understand how Yuan-ming "governs his kindgom" for his father's sake. Master Shu encourages him by saying, "You must know nothing before you can learn something, and be empty before you can be filled" (p. 113).

Another important event is that Jen decides he cannot be without the flute playing Voyaging Moon, a peasant and a slave, and invites her to come to T'ie-kuo with them and then to return home with him to Ch'ang-an when they are finished at T'ie-kuo. Jen and Voyaging Moon also make promises to marry.