By Mary Hayes Davis
From the Authors’ PREFACE:
IT calls for a lot examine of the Oriental brain to capture even short glimpses of the key of its mysterious appeal. An open brain and the knowledge of significant sympathy are stipulations necessary to making it in any respect attainable.
Contemplative, mild, and metaphysical of their behavior of concept, the chinese language have mirrored profoundly and labored out many riddles of the universe in methods certainly their very own. consciousness of the price and wish to u . s . extra convinced wisdom of the psychological procedures of our Oriental brothers, raises splendidly as one starts off to appreciate the richness, intensity, and sweetness in their notion, ripened because it is by means of the hidden strategies of evolution through the a while.
to acquire literal translations from the psychological shop- j apartment of the chinese language has now not been discovered effortless of achievement; however it is a more challenging, and a such a lot elusive activity to aim to translate their fancies, to work out lifestyles itself because it seems to be from the chinese language viewpoint, and to retell those impressions with no wasting rather all in their colour and grace.
The "impressions," the "airy shapes" shaped via the Oriental mind's eye, the existence touches and mystery graces of its fancy are instantly the enjoyment and melancholy of the person who makes an attempt to list them.
In retelling those chinese language tales of domestic and college lifestyles, the author has been tremendously aided via the Rev. Chow Leung, whose glaring wish to serve his place of origin and feature the lives of his humans mirrored really, has made him a useful collaborator. With the sufferer courtesy attribute of the chinese language, he has given a lot time to explaining vague issues and answering questions innumerable.
it's been an permitted trust of the world's most sensible students that chinese language literature didn't own the myth, and chapters in fascinating books were written in this topic maintaining its absence. however, whereas learning the folk, language, and literature of China it was once the nice excitement of the author to find that the chinese language have many fables, some of that are released during this booklet.
As those tales, widespread in the house and faculty lifetime of the kids of China, exhibit various stages of the nature of a humans within the very approaches of formation, it really is earnestly was hoping that this English presentation of them can help a bit towards a greater figuring out and appreciation of chinese language personality as an entire.
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To the "Wait until is! ' another springtime comes and you how much your children will be honored. " So the next year the master and sharp knife and cut the fastened The them to the first fruit Lemon his son brought a Tree's branches, and Pumelo Tree. came and the children danced for joy. THE LEMON TREE AND THE PUMELO "How Tree! " And 45 queer to see lemons growing on the Pumelo they said. the lemons were no longer bitter were so pleasant to taste and so fair to and look upon that many were saved for the coming feast day.
The body lay on the floor; she took off its clothes and put them on her own baby, and she waited until he had had milk and slept again then she laid him on the still ; and took the body of the dead child and went out into the great forest, where she left it. " "No," said Woo-Liu-Mai sadly, "I will go to-morrow and bury my child. " smiling face and said, "But you can not wait me now. The gods your child would told until to-morrow. me live again. " But Woo-Liu-Mai said, "No, it can not be. You I go to-morrow to bury my tell me what is not true.
Not like and sang sweet songs and their joy lasted from together, family are thrown or away generation are taken from me sunshine for twenty days before they They are never seen in the market places as your children are, for it is said we are too bitter and sour. "My wish I children are not well thought were not a "Why that they Lemon of. Ah me! I Tree. make your have a good name in all the did the Creator children so sweet world, while mine are sour and bitter? "My flowers are the are liked the despised.
Chinese Fables and Folk Stories by Mary Hayes Davis