China: Its Costume, Arts, Manufactures, &c, Volume 4

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Page 10 - Employment is the guardian of female innocence ; do not allow women time to be idle ; let them be the first dressed, and the last undressed, all the year round.
Page 24 - These wheels, which are very common in the southern provinces, are made entirely of bamboo, are put together without a nail, and are from fifteen to forty feet in diameter. A wheel thirty feet in diameter will lift, in the course of twentyfour hours, nearly seventy thousand gallons of water.
Page 9 - Not only the works of the missionaries, whose situation and character give them an access to the women, which is proscribed to other travellers, but the Chinese poems and books prove how much industry is esteemed in the fair sex. In proof of this I shall quote some fragments of a Chinese ballad : — " In vain is the female's apartment inaccessible to public view : if irregularity finds its way into it, the news of it spreads...
Page 62 - It is between the nineteenth and the twenty-second day of their existence that they undertake the great work of spinning their cod. They curve a leaf into a kind- of cup, : and then form a cocoon as large and nearly as hard as a hen's egg : this cod has one of its ends •open, like a reversed funnel. It is a passage prepared ready for the butterfly which is to come out; by the aid of the juice...
Page 10 - ... person, or to prepare a repast. " The pearls and precious stones, the silk and gold, with which a coquette so studiously bedecks herself, are a transparent varnish, •which makes all her defects the more apparent.
Page 64 - The wild cods are so strong and so compact, that the insects have great difficulty in extricating themselves, and therefore remain inclosed from the end' of the summer to the spring of the following year.
Page 52 - ... rafts are usually ten feet wide, and five above the surface of the water. They are joined together by twisted osiers, and thus extend, as affirmed by Du Halde and other writers, to more than a mile in length, and are numerous in proportion as the timber-merchant is rich, and are so connected that they move as easily as the links of a chain. Four or five men guide them before with poles and oars, and others assist along the sides, at equal distances. They live in wooden houses, and sell their...
Page 11 - ... and her children's costume are correct, but that of the decoration of her room also. She is seated on a cushion in one of the alcoves where the beds are placed at night; the further end of this kind of recess is hung with tapestry. In this apartment are two windows opening to a Chinese garden. At one of the windows the head of the oldest daughter is perceived ; on a kind of table near the mother, are a tea-pot, cups, and every preparation for getting tea ready : the saloon is ornamented with...
Page 58 - ... present the same kind of eggs, with all sorts of pastry and sweetmeats. The oldest Chinese writers attribute the first invention of spinning to the wife of their emperor Yao, and the discovery of silk to one of the wives of their emperor Hoang-Ti. From that time, the empresses have been in the habit of breeding, rearing, and feeding silkworms, reeling the cocoons, and working the silk. Until the last dynasty, there was a mulberry grove in the gardens of the palace.- Every year, the empress, accompanied...
Page 83 - ... little known fact as to the taste of the Orientalists for the embroidered works of European manufacture, is this: the cap of state which the Grand Lama of Tibet wears, is made at London, and cost four thousand piastres; a new one is sent every year. The person who undertakes to furnish this is Mr. Beal, an Englishman, settled at Macao, in the quality of Prussian resident, and who is at the head of a considerable commercial house there.

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