Well then, if my newly-learned magic on the computer works, I am ready to put my head on the block, too:
When the stone heard this, he did not know how to thank him enough.
The monk (began) to recite prayers and to draw mysterious symbols
a great show of magic!
and turned (变成), the big rock (将一块大石)in no time flat into a neat shining piece of jade
which he then shrunk down to the handy size of a fan pendant.
The monk held it in his palm and said laughing:
From a point of view of physical appearance you are a real gem now!
But that alone is not yet a real advantage (I am pretty sure this comma is in the wrong place – my book does not have it)
So I will also engrave some numbers (not characters?) on you, so that people know at first glance what a rare and wonderful thing you are.
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