Korean Tales: Being a Collection of Stories Translated from the Korean Folk Lore

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G. P. Putnam's sons, 1889 - Folk literature, Lappish - 193 pages
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Includes introductory chapters about Korean culture, this volume features the traditional Korean story of creation as well as stories of the Rabbit, Enchanted Wine Jug and the Dutiful Daughter.

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Page 13 - The nature of Korea's relation to China was a puzzle to Western nations. They were told, at one and the same time, that Korea, though a vassal and tributary state of China, was entirely independent so far as her government, religion, and intercourse with foreign states were concerned — a condition of things hardly compatible with our ideas of either absolute dependence or complete independence.
Page 129 - Never before had so large a tribute been sent by this district. Yet the people were not burdened as much as when far less of their products reached the government granaries.
Page 34 - The Hare seems to surpass the fox in shrewdness," and "The Hare has the swiftness and shrewdness of the Monkey, but he is never reckless, as the Monkey sometimes appears to be" (Chatelain, Folktales of Angola, pp. 295, 300). In farthest Asia also "The animals, too, have their stories, and in Korea, as in some other parts of the world, the Rabbit seems to come off best, as a rule
Page 11 - In religious matters the Koreans are peculiar in that they may be said to be without a religion, properly speaking.
Page 129 - She talked of the sweet contract they had made and anon they pledged themselves anew. Not content with promises for this short life, they went into the future, and he yielded readily to her request, that when death should at last overtake them, she would enter a flower, while he would become a butterfly, coming and resting on her bosom, and feasting off her fragrant sweetness.
Page 167 - King would not leave her by day or night, and the business of state was almost totally neglected. At last Sim Chung chided her husband, telling him it was not manly for the King to spend all his time in the women's quarters ; that if he cared so little for the rule as to neglect it altogether, others might find occasion to usurp his place. She enjoined upon him the necessity of giving the days to his business, and being content to spend the nights with her. He saw her wisdom, and remarked upon it,...
Page 126 - can any one hold back the sun ; it had reached the mountain tops before I came home." At last the servant brought his dinner, for which he had no appetite. He could ill abide the long delay between the dinner hour and the regular time for his father's retiring. The time did come, however, and when the lights were extinguished and his father had gone to sleep, he took his trusty servant, and, scaling the back wall, they hurried to the house of Chun Yang Ye. As they approached they heard someone playing...
Page 155 - Heaven had kindly prepared the way for the little visitor, however ; for after fifteen years weary waiting, they were not going to look with serious disfavor upon a girl, however much their hopes had been placed upon the advent of a son. The child grew, and the parents were united as they only could be by such a precious bond. The ills of childhood seemed not to like the little one, even the virus of small-pox, that was duly placed in her nostril, failed to...

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