Ten Thousand Things Relating to China and the Chinese: An Epitome of the Genius, Government, History, Literature, Agriculture, Arts, Trade, Manners, Customs, and Social Life of the People of the Celestial Empire, Together with a Synopsis of the Chinese Collection

Hyde Park Corner, 1842 - 273 páginas
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Página 76 - Upon the back of that comes out a hideous monster with fire and smoke, and then the miserable beholders are bound to take it for a cave. While in the mean time two armies fly in, represented with four swords and bucklers, and then what hard heart will not receive it for a pitched field?
Página 262 - When we turn from the ravings of the Zendavesta, or the Puranas, to the tone of sense and of business of this Chinese collection, we seem to be passing from darkness to light — from the drivellings of dotage to the exercise of an improved understanding : and redundant and minute as these laws are in many particulars, we scarcely know any European code that is at once so copious and so consistent, or that is nearly so free from intricacy, bigotry, and fiction.
Página 76 - By and by we hear news of shipwreck in the same place, and then we are to blame if we accept it not for a rock. Upon the back of that comes out a hideous monster with fire and smoke, and then the miserable beholders are bound to take it for a cave.
Página 96 - Invites them forth to labour in the sun: Some lead their youth abroad, while some condense Their liquid store, and some in cells dispense : Some at the gate stand ready to receive The golden...
Página 134 - The inscriptions in the shops are sometimes amusing, and at the same time highly characteristic of the keenness and industry of the people as traders. We have seen the following : — " Gossiping and long sitting injure business." " Former customers have inspired caution — no credit given." " A small stream always flowing.
Página 222 - The fig-tree, not that kind for fruit renown'd, But such as, at this day, to Indians known, In Malabar or Decan spreads her arms, Branching so broad and long, that in the ground The bended twigs take root, and daughters grow About the mother tree, a pillar'd shade, High overarch'd, and echoing walks between...
Página 139 - ... the wished-for consummation. The last scene in this tragic play is generally a room in the rear of the building, a species of dead-house, where lie stretched those who have passed into the state of bliss the opiumsmoker madly seeks — an emblem of the long sleep to which he is blindly hurrying.
Página 263 - ... early, constant, vigorous, and efficient training of the disposition, manners, judgment, and habits both of thought and conduct. This most efficient department of education is almost wholly overlooked and neglected by us; but it seems to be well understood and faithfully attended to by the Chinese. With us...
Página 105 - I regarded with an air of considerable embarrassment, the two little sticks, with which, notwithstanding the experience acquired since the commencement of the repast, it seemed very doubtful whether I should be able to eat my rice, grain by grain, according to the belief of Europeans regarding the Chinese custom. I therefore waited until my host should begin, to follow his example, foreseeing that, on this new occasion, some fresh discovery would serve to relieve us from the truly ludicrous embarrassment...
Página 91 - Whether or not pride and prodigality have had a place in my heart, springing up there unobserved ? Whether, from the length of time, I have become remiss in...

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