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The Chinese Fairy Book

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Author: Richard Wilhelm
Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 99,125 / 271 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.9
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 2,689
Added to site: 2009.09.09
mnybks.net#: 25234
Origin: gutenberg.org

The fairy tales and legends of olden China have in common with the "Thousand and One Nights" an oriental glow and glitter of precious stones and gold and multicolored silks, an oriental wealth offantastic and supernatural action. And yet they strike an exotic note distinct in itself. It is quite safe to say that these Chinese fairy tales will give equal pleasure to the old as well as the young. They have been retold simply, with no changes in style orexpression beyond such details of presentation which differences between oriental and occidental viewpoints at times compel.

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new little brother by the hand, and went home. And when he said to Small Profit: "Bring meat and wine!" then meat and wine were at hand at once, and steaming rice was already cooking in the pot. And when he said to Small Profit: "Bring money and cloth!" then his purse filled itself with money, and the chests were heaped up with cloth to the brim. Whatever he asked for that he received. Thus, in the course of time, they came to be very well off indeed.

But his older brother envied him greatly. And when there was another theatrical performance in the village, he took his mother on his back--by force--and went to it. And when he reached the ravine, he slipped purposely, and let his mother fall into the depths, only intent to see that she really was shattered into fragments. And sure enough his mother had such a bad fall that her limbs and trunk were strewn around in all directions. He then climbed down, took his mother's head in his hands, and pretended to weep.

And at once the priest was on hand a

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