Nine at the top means:
His neck is fastened in the wooden cangue,
So that his ears disappear.
In contrast to the first line, this line refers to a man who is incorrigible. His punishment is the wooden cangue, and his ears disappear under it-that is to say, he is deaf to warnings. This obstinacy leads to misfortune.
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