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About the duty of children to parents, but nothing of This silence is verythe duty of parents to children. " There is another silence equally ominoug. Daughters are very seldom mentioned. And this silence is eloquent on the shameful disregard in which female offspring are held by the fathers and mothers of China. It suggests the uimatural, brutal, but common crime, of female infanticide. At her birth the female child is insulted by a comparison to her disfavour with male children. ' 1 This degradarelation of 1 See also No, 195.

2220. 11 No. 2242. 2 No, 2206. 7 No. 2230. 12 No. 2226. 3 No. 2213. 8 No. 2229. 4 No. 2223, 9 No. 2227. 5 No. 2209. 10 No. 2214. xxiii From these and many more illustrations we are well able to form a tolerably correct idea of the husband and wife in China. It differs from tlie same relation in the west mainly in the matters of bethrothal, the use of go-betweens, the toleration of polygamy, and tlie degraded position of There is certainly less of that true love, the woman. which alone can crown the married state with felicity, in the East than in the West and consequentlymarried life is not with the Chinese so happy a thing as it is with us.

Is gone. 2 AGENCY. 7 . Putrid flesh breeds maggots rotten ; generates fish, X grubs. Jou4 chV fu3 ch^ung, 2 . More Hy P^eng 2 , yii 2 ch^ai 2 ? more fire. huo 3 yen4 kao. 1 ~~ grow never tree ch^u 1 tu. 4 8 fuel 9 Though a kV so high, its falling leaves return to the root. Shu4 kao 1 ch^ien1 chang, 4 yeh4 lo 4 kuei 1 ken. 1 lO When a wall cracked and is lofty, fall its must be speedy. i ch^i 4 Chiang2 To . 11 foul the spring Ch6 2 ch^i erh 2 kao, 1 ch 2 f i 2 peng1 pi4 ^ chi. and expect the stream yuan2 erh2 3 to be pure.

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