Title: The Chinese at home, or the man of Tong and his land
Year: 1912 (1910s)
Authors: Ball, J. Dyer (James Dyer), 1847-1919
Publisher: New York : Fleming H. Revell Co.
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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sothe higgling goes on till John Chinaman finallyretreats into the street, if he is not there already,as if to leave such high-priced goods alone, whilethe solicitous shopman follows him to the verydoor, if not out of doors, as he rapidly reduceshis terms, in the hope of bringing his prospectivecustomer back. Walks for the sake of walking, when we walkalong the streets or roads, swinging our armsand stepping out with vigour and drinking in thefresh air, are nearly unknown. Chinese men willsometimes say, not, Lets go for a walk, but, Lets walk along the street. This is almostas much to see the sights in the streets as forexercise. Occasionally they may be seen saunter-ing along a country road near a city ; but theirwhole attitude and bearing is as far from our ideaof what a walk is as England is from China.An Englishman takes his dog out for a walk.A Chinaman would never think of a canine com-panion walking along the road with him ; buthe will take his caged lark out into the open 286
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Amusements to get the air. He carries the cage upright onhis palm or hand, and sets it down in the grass,while he stands and enjoys the brisk, livelycreatures joy, or crouches down on his haunchesbeside the cage. In the hot summer evenings the river- orharbour-side may be haunted by crowds more orless in deshabille to cool themselves, while onthe drying-stages on the house-roofs others areseeking a breath of air. At certain seasons of the year a ring will beformed, and the heels, sides, and soles of theshoes be used to kick the shuttlecock by men,while boys watch, or try their prentice, not hands,but feet, at attempts more or less successful todo the same. Kites are also flown by men aswell as by boys. What will soon be a thing ofthe past is the archery indulged in by the aspirantcandidate for military commands, as well asthe peculiar athletic exercises carried on bythem. The Chinese ladies do not get much of thisout-of-door existence. Very few are to be seenin the streets. If they ve
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