CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS CHAPTER II. ECONOMYThe word Economy signifies the rule by which the house should be ordered, especially with reference to the relation between expenditure and income. Economy, as we understand the term, may be displayed in three several ways, by limiting the number of wants, by preventing waste, and by the adjustment of forces in such a manner as to make a little represent a great deal. In each of these ways, the Chinese are, pre-eminently, economical. One of the first things which impresses the traveller in China is the extremely simple diet of the people. T...
(1894 version) Chinese Characteristics CHAPTER I. FACEFace AT first sight nothing can be more
irrational than to call that which is shared with the whole human race a
"characteristic" of the Chinese. But the word "face" does
not in China signify simply the front part of the head, but is literally a
compound noun of multitude, with more meanings than we shall be able to
describe, or perhaps to comprehend. In order to understand, however
imperfectly, what is meant by "face," we must take account of the
fact that as a race the Chinese have a strongly dramatic instinct. The t...
Chinese Characteristics (1894, Fleming H. Revell)CONTENTSCHAPTER I. FACECHAPTER II. ECONOMYCHAPTER III. INDUSTRYCHAPTER IV. POLITENESSCHAPTER V. THE DISREGARD OF TIMECHAPTER VI. THE DISREGARD OF ACCURACYCHAPTER VII. THE TALENT FOR MISUNDERSTANDINGCHAPTER VIII. THE TALENT FOR INDIRECTIONCHAPTER IX. FLEXIBLE INFLEXIBILITYCHAPTER X. INTELLECTUAL TURBIDITYCHAPTER XI. THE ABSENCE OF NERVESCHAPTER XII. CONTEMPT FOR FOREIGNERSCHAPTER XIII. THE ABSENCE OF PUBLIC SPIRITCHAPTER XIV. CONSERVATISMCHAPTER XV. INDIFFERENCE TO COMFORT AND CONVENIENCECHAPTER XVI. PHYSICAL VITALITYCHAPTER XVII. PATIENCE AND PE...
The True Story of Ah-Q Chapter 1: Introduction
For several years now I have been meaning to write the true story of Ah
Q. But while wanting to write I was in some trepidation, too, which goes
to show that I am not one of those who achieve glory by writing; for an
immortal pen has always been required to record the deeds of an
immortal man, the man becoming known to posterity through the writing
and the writing known to posterity through the man-until finally it is
not clear who is making whom known. But in the end, as though possessed
by some fiend, I always came back to the ide...