Alone in China; And Other Stories

Alone in China; And Other Stories

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...army and navy stores at home;" "I spent three months at home five years ago;" or, " I'd as soon be buried if I could not go home every winter." That custom and vhat it implies are hurtful to one's happiness in' Ling-pu. Then, again, it is a place where one's set or social circle becomes a little band of bores, whose stories one gets to know by heart; where the perfidious English and American women are very few, and are married to the other fellows, as a rule. Like all the other treaty ports, Ling-pu is a place where everybody dines at eight or half-past, as near bedtime as possible, because there is nothing else to do at night. It is a place where every man meets literally every other man of consequence at the club at noon, each person going there with the desperate hope that he may hear of a good book to order from home, or of a tiny suggestion of scandal, or that he may meet a new-comer from anywhere on God's green earth who will be able to talk of something new, or who, at any rate, has not heard one's best stories till he is tired of them. Not one word of this is my opinion of the picturesque life in those charming treaty ports. This snarling description of them is what Sam Beebe gave me when he was explaining. how he had become pro-Chinese purely from love of the Chinese, for their sterling commercial honesty, their polish, their philosophy, and their need of champions to oppose those who slander them. Then, again, Sam said he had to take one side or the other out of his love for the English, who would die of emmi, unless there was something to quarrel about. A few words about some phases of life in the Chinese treaty ports will explain not only Sam Beebe's...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 3.05mm | 127.01g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 123683805X
  • 9781236838056