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Language: English
Page: 254
Publication Date: 03/2009
ISBN: 9787560081366
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One morning in 1905.or the 3Ith year of the reign of Emperor Guangxu
of Qing Dynasty,two brothers set out by boat from their hometown
Boa-ah,amountain hamlet in Fujian Province on the southern coast of
China,for the Dort city of Xiamen,some sixty miles away.The boys were
full of excitement and chatted especi~ly the younger one.Yutang was ten
years old,and today,hewas taking leave of his hometown and going with
his brother to study in Xiamen·Thev were sons of Pastor Lin Zhicheng,who
was born in the poor village of Wulisha.Pastor Lin was sending his sons
to free missionary schools in Xiamen.
The Pastor was not a follower of convention,So the boys did not wear
queues.Yutang was a little guy,deeply tanned,with a prominent forehead'a
pair of sparkling eyes,and a narrow chin.Six miles later,when the skiff
camet0 Xiaoxi.the boys changed tO a five.sail junk,and sailed toward
Zhangzhou on West River.There were paddy fields and farmhouses on either
side ofthe river.and tall mountains stood behind them,clad in
grey-purplish hues.Yutang thought it inexpressibly beautiful.After a
day's journey,the junk was tied up against the bank under some bamboo
trees.Yutang was told tO lie down,cover himself with a blanket and go tO
sleep. But sleep was the last thing on the boy's mind.The boatman
sitting at the iunk,s stern was sucking at his pipe,and between gulps of
bitter tea,telling stories about the Empress Dowager Cixi,who ruled the
court today,having put the Emperor Guangxu under house arrest for
supporting the reformers at the palace.Another junk was tied up on the
opposite bank,brightly lit by lanterns.A soft breeze wafted sounds of
merrymaking and music from a lute across the water.
Table of Contents
  ChapterOne
ChapterTwo
ChapterThree
ChapterFour 
ChapterFive
Chapter 
Chapter Seven
ChapterEight
ChapterNine
Chapter Tell
ChapterEleven
ChapterTwelve
ChapterThirteen
Chapter Fourteen
ChapterFifteen
ChapterSixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
ChapterNineteen
Chapter Twenty
ChapterTwenty—One
ChapterTwenty-Two
ChapterTwenty-Three
ChapterTwenty-Four
Chapter Twenty—Five
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