Chinese Sketches

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Trübner & Company, 1876 - China - 204 pages
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These literary sketches are an attempt by the author to show that "the Chinese are a hardworking, sober, and happy people, occupying an intermediate place between the wealth and culture, the vice and misery of the West."

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Page 28 - And portance in my travel's history; Wherein of antres vast and deserts idle, Rough quarries, rocks, and hills whose heads touch heaven, It was my hint to speak, — such was the process: And of the Cannibals that each other eat, The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads Do grow beneath their shoulders.
Page 143 - wind and water," or that which cannot be seen and that which cannot be grasped. I have explained the term in my Chinese Sketches, p. 143, as " a system of geomancy, by the science of which it is possible to determine the desirability of sites, — whether of tombs, houses, or cities, from the configuration of such natural objects as rivers, trees, and hills, and to foretell with certainty the fortunes of any family, community, or individual according to the spot selected ; by the art of which it...
Page 181 - Roy," and when the stage was obscured by smoke, accidentally ran forward upon the bayonet of one of the soldiers and thus received a horizontal stab in the chest, from which he died in a few seconds. ('ON HOMICIDE,
Page 126 - ... the trustworthiness of human assertion, which is not only the principal support of all present social well-being, but the insufficiency of which does more than any one thing that can be named to keep back civilisation, virtue, everything on which human happiness on the largest scale depends...
Page 97 - There are some things which possess form but are devoid of sound, as for instance jade and stones ; others have sound but are without form, such as wind and thunder ; others again have both form and sound, such as men and animals ; and lastly, there is a class devoid of both, namely, devils and spirits.
Page 93 - ... themselves to the written character — that fairest jewel in heaven above or earth beneath. Those, therefore, who are stimulated by a thirst for /fame/, strive to attain their end by the excellency of their compositions; others, attracted by desire for wealth, pursue their object with the help of day-book and ledgers. In both cases men would be helpless without a knowledge of the art of writing. How, indeed, could despatches be composed, agreements drawn up, letters exchanged, and genealogies...
Page 201 - Mr. Arnold would, very likely, not abandon his belief. And yet this contrast would certainly be as damaging as the fact about the girl Wragg, to which he more than once refers so emphatically. Surely it is manifest enough that by selecting the evidence, any society may be relatively blackened, and any other society relatively whitened.
Page 190 - Take a quantity of insects of all kinds and throw them into a vessel of any kind ; cover them up, and let a year pass away before you look at them again. The insects will have killed and eaten each other, until there is only one survivor, and this one is Ku.
Page 192 - A respectable Chinaman will tell you that only thieves and bad characters who have nothing to lose avail themselves of baptism, as a means of securing " long nights of indolence and ease " in the household of some enthusiastic missionary at from four to ten dollars a month. Educated men will not tolerate missionaries in their houses, as many have found to their cost...
Page 114 - Who ever sees in China a tipsy man reeling about a crowded thoroughfare, or lying with his head in a ditch by the side of some country road ? " It is not, however, generally known that the Chinese, with their usual quaintness, distinguish between five kinds of drunkenness, different people being differently affected, according to the physical constitution of each. Wine may fly (i) to the heart, and produce maudlin emotions ; or (2) to...

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