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The Mirror of Kong Ho

By Bramah, Ernest

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Title: The Mirror of Kong Ho  
Author: Bramah, Ernest
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Blackmask Online Collection
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Publisher: Blackmask Online

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Introduction: ESTIMABLE BARBARIAN,?Your opportune suggestion that I should permit the letters, wherein I have described with undeviating fidelity the customs and manner of behaving of your accomplished race, to be set forth in the form of printed leaves for all to behold, is doubtless gracefully?intentioned, and this person will raise no barrier of dissent against it. In this he is inspired by the benevolent hope that his immature compositions may to one extent become a model and a by?word to those who in turn visit his own land of Fragrant Purity; for with exacting care he has set down no detail that has not come under his direct observation (although it is not to be denied that here or there he may, perchance, have misunderstood an involved allusion or failed to grasp the inner significance of an act), so that Impartiality necessarily sways his brush, and Truth lurks within his inkpot. In an entirely contrary manner some, who of recent years have gratified us with their magnanimous presence, have returned to their own countries not only with the internal fittings of many of our palaces (which, being for the most part of a replaceable nature, need be only trivially referred to, the incident, indeed, being generally regarded as a most cordial and pressing variety of foreign politeness), but also?in the lack of highly?spiced actuality?with subtly?imagined and truly objectionable instances. These calumnies they have not hesitated to commit to the form of printed books, which, falling into the hands of the ignorant and undiscriminating, may even suggest to their ill?balanced minds a doubt whether we of the Celestial Empire really are the wisest, bravest, purest, and most enlightened people in existence.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: The Mirror of Kong Ho, 1 -- Ernest Bramah, 1 -- Introduction, 2 -- LETTER I . Concerning the journey. The unlawful demons invoked by certain of the barbarians; -- their power and the manner of their suppression. suppression. The incredible obtuseness of those -- who attend within tea?houses. The harmonious attitude of a person of commerce, 3 -- LETTER II. Concerning the ill?destined manner of existence of the hound Hercules. The -- thoughtlessly?expressed desire of the entrancing maiden and its effect upon a person of -- susceptible refinement. The opportune (as it may yet be described) visit of one Herbert. The -- behaviour of those around. Reflections, 6 -- LETTER III. Concerning the virtuous amusements of both old and young. The sit?round games. -- The masterpiece of the divine Li Tang, and its reception by all, including that same Herbert, 10 -- LETTER IV. Concerning a desire to expatiate upon subjects of philosophical importance and its -- no accomplishment. Three examples of the mental concavity sunk into by these barbarians. An -- involved episode which had the outward appearance of being otherwise than what it was, 15 -- LETTER V. Concerning the neglect of ancestors and its discreditable consequences. Two who -- state the matter definitely. Concerning the otherside way of looking at things and the -- self?contradictory bearing of the maiden Florence, 19 -- LETTER VI. Concerning this person's well?sustained efforts to discover further demons. The -- behaviour of those invoked on two occasions, 24 -- LETTER VII. Concerning warfare, both as waged by ourselves and by a nation devoid of true -- civilisation. The aged man and the meeting and the parting of our ways. The instance of the one -- who expressed emotion by leaping, 29 -- LETTER VIII. Concerning the wisdom of the sublime Wei Chung and its application to the -- ordinary problems of existence. The meeting of three, hitherto unknown to each other, about a -- wayside inn, and their various manners of conducting the enterprise, 33 -- LETTER IX. Concerning the proverb of the highly?accomplished horse. The various perils to be -- encountered in the Beneath Parts. The inexplicable journey performed by this one, and -- concerning the obscurity of the witchcraft employed, 41 -- LETTER X. Concerning the authority of this high official, Sir Philip. The side?slipperyness of -- barbarian etiquette. The hurl?headlong sportiveness and that achieving its end by means of -- curved mallets, 46 -- LETTER XI. Concerning the game which we should call ?Locusts, ? and the deeper significance -- of its acts. The solicitous warning of one passing inwards and the complication occasioned by his -- ill?chosen words. Concerning that victory already dimly foreshadowed, 50 -- LETTER XII. Concerning the obvious misunderstanding which has entwined itself about a -- revered parent's faculties of passionless discrimination. The all?water disportment and the two, -- of different sexes, who after regarding me conflictingly from the beginning, ended in a like but -- inverted manner, 55 -- LETTER XIII. Concerning a state of necessity; the arisings engendered thereby, and the -- turned?away face of those ruling the literary quarter of the city towards one possessing a style. -- This foreign manner of feigning representations, and concerning my dignified portrayal of two, 62 -- LETTER XIV. Concerning a pressing invitation from an ever benevolently?disposed father to a -- prosaic but dutifully?inclined son. The recording of certain matters of no particular moment. -- Concerning that ultimate end which is symbolic of the inexorable wheels of a larger Destiny, 70

 

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