Monthly Archives: October 2018

But one wild, howling waste his mind within:

But one wild, howling waste his mind within: Addled his brain that nothing he could see; A dunce! to read essays so loth to be! Perverse in bearing, in temper wayward; For human censure he had no regard. When rich, … Continue reading

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On his return, he had already changed his hat and suit

On his return, he had already changed his hat and suit. All round his head, he had a fringe of short hair, plaited into small queues, and bound with red silk. The queues were gathered up at the crown, and … Continue reading

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“Books, you say!” exclaimed dowager lady Chia; “why all they

“Books, you say!” exclaimed dowager lady Chia; “why all they know are a few characters, that’s all.” The sentence was barely out of her lips, when a continuous sounding of footsteps was heard outside, and a waiting maid entered and … Continue reading

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Your aunts and sisters-in-law, standing on the right and left

“Your aunts and sisters-in-law, standing on the right and left,” dowager lady Chia smilingly explained, “won’t have their repast in here, and as you’re a guest, it’s but proper that you should take that seat.” Then alone it was that … Continue reading

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“You don’t know the reasons (that prompt me to warn you),”

replied madame Wang laughingly. “He is so unlike all the rest, all because he has, since his youth up, been doated upon by our old lady! The fact is that he has been spoilt,   through over-indulgence, by being always … Continue reading

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“Your uncle,” madame Wang explained, “is gone to observe

“Your uncle,” madame Wang explained, “is gone to observe this day as a fast day, but you’ll see him by and bye. There’s, however, one thing I want to talk to you about. Your three female cousins are all, it … Continue reading

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The old nurses pressed Tai-yü to sit down on the stove-couch

The old nurses pressed Tai-yü to sit down on the stove-couch; but, on perceiving near the edge of the couch two embroidered cushions, placed one opposite the other, she thought of the gradation of seats, and did not therefore place … Continue reading

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There was also a pair of scrolls consisting of black-wood

There was also a pair of scrolls consisting of black-wood antithetical tablets, inlaid with the strokes of words in chased gold. Their burden was this: On the platform shine resplendent pearls like sun or moon, And the sheen of the … Continue reading

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Tai-yü shortly entered the Jung Mansion, descended

Tai-yü shortly entered the Jung Mansion, descended from the carriage, and preceded by all the nurses, she at once proceeded towards the east, turned a corner, passed through an Entrance Hall, running east and west, and walked in a southern … Continue reading

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When they reached the interior of the principal pavilion,

When they reached the interior of the principal pavilion, a large concourse of handmaids and waiting maids, got up in gala dress, were already there to greet them. Madame Hsing pressed Tai-yü into a seat, while she bade some one … Continue reading

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