The Ethics of Confucius; The Sayings of the Master and His Disciples Upon the Conduct of "The Superior Man,"
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. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ... seems to be more constraint about entering into wedlock than about continuing in it. Thus a father might choose the bride for his son, though of course conceivably the son might--but under the Chinese rules of family discipline, seldom would--refuse to accept the choice. The father of the bride was then approached by the father of the prospective bridegroom; his consent was the consent of his daughter. Of course, again, she could refuse to acquiesce and a considerate father would not coerce her choice; but filial obedience and confidence were often the only elements operative in determining that choice. It was thus, indeed, that the marriage which resulted in the birth of Confucius came about. It was between a widower of seventy years, al ready the father of nine daughters but of only one son, a hopeless cripple, on the one hand, and a maiden of seventeen years on the other, both of whose older sisters had declined the offer while she followed her father's counsel. Once wedded, however, the husband and the wife were free to separate at will and without constraint, save as the authority of the husband's parents over him--not relaxed upon his marriage--might restrain him. Marriage, therefore, was treated as a contract which was at all times mutual, binding only as the parties continued to consent that it should bind. Either party could with a word dissolve it. In the "Li Ki" the following account is given of the proper forms to be observed in divorcement: "When a feudal lord sent his wife away, she proceeded on her journey to her own state, and was received there with the observances due a lord's wife. The messenger accompanying her then discharged his commission, saying: 'My poor master, from his want of ability, was not...show more
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