Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio

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Kelly & Walsh, limited, 1916 - China - 488 pages
 

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Classical Chinese literature obviously does not consist solely of the Six Great Novels, and I wanted my reading project to also include some shorter (but not necessarily minor) books. Strange Tales ... Read full review

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Pu Songling (1640 - 1715) collected these tales of the supernatural and uncanny and left them to his sons in the form of 110 handwritten, loose-leaf sheets. They have since been published many times ... Read full review

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Page 110 - Doth with his lofty and shrill-sounding throat Awake the god of day ; and, at his warning, Whether in sea or fire, in earth or air, The extravagant and erring spirit hies To his confine: and of the truth herein This present object made probation.
Page 143 - The son must sleep upon a matting of grass, with his shield for his pillow ; he must decline to take office ; he must not live under the same heaven with the slayer. When he meets him in the marketplace or the court, he must have his weapon ready to strike him.
Page 376 - ... brought forward, and being placed at the lower end of the chain, immediately ran up, and reaching the other end, immediately disappeared in the air. In the same manner, a hog, a panther, a lion, and a tiger, were alternately sent up the chain, and all equally disappeared at the upper end of the chain.
Page 221 - O fair white silk, fresh from the weaver's loom, Clear as the frost, bright as the winter snow, — See, friendship fashions out of thee a fan ; Round as the round moon shines in heaven above ; At home, abroad, a close companion thou ; Stirring at every move the grateful gale. And yet I fear, ah me ! that autumn chills, Cooling the dying summer's torrid rage, Will see thee laid neglected...
Page 142 - With the slayer of his father, a man may not live under the same heaven ; against the slayer of his brother, a man must never have to go home to fetch a weapon ; with the slayer of his friend, a man may not live in the same State.
Page 415 - The real tortures of a Chinese prison are the filthy dens in which the unfortunate victims are confined, the stench in which they have to draw breath, the fetters and manacles by which they are secured, the absolute insufficiency even of the disgusting rations doled out to them, and above all the mental agony which must ensue in a country with no Habeas corpus to protect the lives and fortunes of its citizens.
Page xiv - On one of his breasts was a round piece of plaster like a cash ; and my father, waking from sleep, found that I, just born, had a similar black patch on my body. As a child, I was thin and constantly ailing, and unable to hold my own in the battle of life. Our home was chill and desolate as a monastery ; and working there for my livelihood with my pen, I was as poor as a priest with his almsbowl.
Page 486 - The rudimentary form of all religion is the propitiation of dead ancestors, who are supposed to be still existing, and to be capable of working good or evil to their descendants.
Page 487 - To understand the popular conceptions of the human soul or spirit, it is instructive to notice the words which have been found suitable to express it. The ghost or phantasm seen by the dreamer or the visionary is an unsubstantial form, like a shadow or reflexion, and thus the familiar term of the shade comes in to express the soul. Thus the Tasmanian word for the shadow is also that for the spirit; the Algonquins describe a man's soul as otahchuk, "his shadow...
Page 5 - To this the right eye answered, " My wall is too thick ; it wouldn't be at all an easy job." "I'll try and open mine," said the left eye, "and then it will do for both of us." Whereupon Mr. Fang felt a pain in his left eye as if something was being split, and in a moment he found he could see the tables and chairs in the room. He was delighted at this and told his wife, who examined his eye and discovered an opening in the film, through which she could see the black pupil shining out beneath, the...

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