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Letters from China and Japan

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Author: John Dewey
Co-author: Alice Chipman Dewey
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 49,459 / 140 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.2
LoC Category: DS
Downloads: 1,063
Added to site: 2010.01.23 26417

Human and readable -- it has the merits and also the faults of letters written hurriedly and informally to the intimate members of one's family circle.

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esterday. Except we had invited two gentlemen to dinner, and when we told our friends about it, they said, "Oh, just telephone them to come some other day," which appears to be good Japanese etiquette, as it is also to make calls at any time of the day, so we did. But unfortunately they had to telephone to-day that they couldn't come to-night.

To-day has been comparatively calm; we have only had four Japanese callers and two American ones. Of the two Japanese, one is a woman who is the warden of the Girls' University, and the other is a teacher in it, a young woman of a wealthy and aristocratic family who has become too modern, I judge, for her family. I hope all you children will make a bow to every Japanese you meet and ask him what you can do to be of service to him. I shall have to spend the rest of my life trying to make up for some of the kindnesses and courtesies which so abound here.

I am afraid much of this is more interesting to me to write about than it is to you to read, to say nothi



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