En chine

Merveilleuses histoires

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Author: Judith Gautier
Published: 1911
Language: French
Wordcount: 20,244 / 74 pg
LoC Category: G
Downloads: 1,338
Added to site: 2006.05.17
mnybks.net#: 13615
Genres: Travel, History
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aque jour, sans se concerter et en secret, sur des feuilles volantes, toutes les actions de l'empereur, et toutes les nouvelles qu'on leur rapporte et qu'ils peuvent contrôler. Le soir, ils jettent leurs écrits dans un grand coffre scellé, percé d'une fente comme une tirelire. Jamais on n'ouvre le coffre du vivant de la famille régnante qui pourrait avoir intérêt à falsifier la vérité. Plus tard, on confronte les écrits, et on rédige les annales.

On a coutume de dire que les Chinois ont tout inventé, tout, ou presque tout.

Quand on fouille un peu dans leur histoire, on marche de surprise en surprise.

Il y a quatre mille cinq cents ans, ils connaissaient la boussole, et s'en servaient pour se diriger sur terre, car en ces temps, il n'y avait pas de route, et les quelques chemins tracés n'allaient pas bien loin.

C'était en des chars très ornés que se cachait «le

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