The fan-qui in China, in 1836-7

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Page 37 - My cradle was the couch of Care, And Sorrow rock'd me in it ; Fate seem'd her saddest robe to wear, On the first day that saw me there, And darkly shadow'd with despair My earliest minute. E'en then the griefs I now possess As natal boons were given ; And the fair form of Happiness, Which hover'd round, intent to bless...
Page 173 - This poverty of language obliges the Chinese to appear a very grave reserved people, as they sit together frequently for a length of time without exchanging a word ; and when they do speak, the sense is made out rather by observing the countenance and action ul the limbs than by regulated sounds.
Page 314 - ... At Whampoa these little animals are eagerly sought after by those in the boats, whenever they are caught on board the ships. Their bite seems to be utterly disregarded, as I have seen a rat fastened with a string tied to the hind leg, to the top of one of the covers of a boat, to form the plaything of a little boy or girl. Whenever the captive wretch had got to the end of the tether, the little urchin has taken it up with the greatest nonchalance by the poll of the neck, and put it into its place...
Page 65 - Wang-pih, the (Chinese) officer on the coast, permitted it. At that time, they erected merely a few mat sheds, but afterwards, trading people desirous of gain, caused to be brought thither bricks, tiles, wood, and stone, of which they made houses. The Franks (a general term for Europeans) thus obtained a clandestine entrance. European foreigners obtaining a residence in Macao, originated with Wang-pih.
Page 280 - The only answer you can obtain from these beginners, to any question you may ask about their goods, is a repetition of a list of their wares, until you mention the word dollar, which seems to touch another key of these automatons, and they then launch out into an account of that most interesting part of their "pidgeon.
Page 211 - These women are remarkably strong, and manage their sampan so well that I have occasionally seen one of them', says Downing, 'with a single scull at the stern come up with a four-oared cutter, and keep up the chase as long as she thought there was a chance of selling her stores.' So nai've and fresh were these celestial 47 greengrocers that some of the younger Fan-quis — the British found it fun to refer to themselves as foreign devils — would pretend as a joke they wanted fruit, but, when the...
Page 277 - These men are faithful enough attendants, as far as their abilities go, but they league themselves with merchants of the city, and thus lead to annoyances which Mr Downing describes as follows : — ' In the morning, you are awaked rather early by a rap at the door, and the only answer you can obtain to your repeated summons to know who it is, and to desire the disturber to come in, is a repetition of the knocking in a louder and still moro noisy manner. After wearying yourself to no purpose with...
Page 232 - ... Canton have been given, but none of them I should think can convey to the reader a distinct idea of this wonderful place, unequalled in singularity by any other spot on the surface of the globe. The crowd of boats of all sizes, shapes, and colours, passing in every direction, with the hubbub and clamour of ten thousand different sounds coming from every quarter and with every variety of intonation, make an impression almost similar to that of awe upon the first visit of the stranger.
Page 132 - The gaudy vessels were soon alongside, and the gay caps of the mandarins were seen intermixed with the bald heads of the illicit traders. The struggle was then soon over. Many of the defeated jumped overboard, and as they struggled in the waters to gain the shore, formed excellent marks for the spears and javelins of the conquerors. The great mass of them, however, were seized before they could try this doubtful chance of escape.
Page 131 - ... for their lives. The different manner of engaging by each party was very apparent during this conflict, and showed the decision and vigour which fighting for a good cause will give to the weakest combatant, while the arm of the strongest man is paralyzed, and its power withheld, by the still, small voice of conscience. The mandarins rushed to the attack without hesitation, and laid about them in right good earnest with their swords and pikes, frequently cutting and wounding in a dreadful manner...

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