6 and 9 are also regarded as lucky numbers in China because, like 8 their homophones have favorable meanings. 6 is pronounced as 'Liu' which means smooth and well-off. This is a good number to have in a telephone number. 9 is pronounced as Jiu which means everlasting, longevity and eternalness. 9 is associated with the Emperor of China. The title of Connelly's book must have been inspired by the fact that the Emperor's robes depict nine dragons.
Portrait of the Quianlong-Emperor in traditional ceremonial robe. Dragons galore!
I've never considered any number "lucky". Don't know why but I haven't. There are some I like the look of more than others because I see numbers, and words for that matter, in color. Take the number 7. I don't like it. I see it as a murky gray-black and somewhat hollow. One of my college roommates would have disagreed with me. She thrived on superstitions. Actually her entire family did. 7 was her go to lucky number. Apparently it's associated with spiritual, psychic and intellectual development and when seen in sequences signals good timing. For instance, if she saw a series of sevens on her bus ticket or a license plate this meant good luck would be coming her way academically. We were not in agreement on this. Having faith that a number in a series would be the boon I needed to get a good grade in say, Statistics wasn't going to happen. Looking back all these years later maybe I should have had a little more faith. Might have made getting a barely passing grade in that class easier.
Nah. It wouldn't have. I needed way more help with that course than any single digit could give me.
Thinking about her now I remember when we met: August, 1977. I wonder how she behaved on the 7th day of July of that year. 07/07/1977. This was in Louisiana, long before the state lottery went into effect so she couldn't have bought a ticket. Can't think of anything else a person would do if they felt like Today Is The Luckiest Day In All The Land. Thinking you'd get a better deal on anything that day you might go out and buy a car. Or house. Or go to an expensive restaurant and hope someone else picks up the tab.