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So she pondered on this strange thing of a man gone, and one day she thought
of something and she ran down the street as fast as she could on her little feet
and she cried shrewdly to the mother, "But there has no letter come a long time to
this hamlet and I have not heard of any letter coming to that man of yours!" She
went secretly to the only man who knew how to read in the hamlet, and he wrote
such few letters as any needed to have written and read such as came for any,
and so ...
VI OME seven days after that day a letter carrier who carried letters in a bag upon
his shoulder passed by, a new thing in these later days, for in old days there were
no such men, and to the folk of this hamlet it was ever a magic miracle that letters
could be come by like this, but so they were, nevertheless. And now this man took
a letter from his bag and held it and he stared at the mother and he said, "Are you
the wife of one surnamed Li?" Then she knew her letter had come and she ...
And when the mother came out clean and smiling she said in her same way, "
Here be this old crone choking herself because a letter is come!" and the mother
made her smile shine out and she said, "So it has and here it is," and held the
letter out for the other one to see. When she went down the street they all came
crowding with her as she went, for the lad followed grinning and saying to all who
asked that his father's letter was come, and the little girl came after him, clinging
to his ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ValerieLavash - LibraryThing
I thought this book was ok. It starts slow but as it continued I started to get more into it. It is interesting to see the struggles of a mother living in China back a long time ago. It is simply but powerfully written. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - arelenriel - LibraryThing
Pearl S Buck is an excellent writer. I have always loved her books. This is even better than The Good Earth. Read full review