Hence it was that, though this Li Wan still continued, after the loss of her mate, while she was as yet in the spring of her life, to live amidst affluence and luxury, she nevertheless resembled in every respect a block of rotten wood or dead ashes. She had no inclination whatsoever to inquire after anything or to listen to anything; while her sole and exclusive thought was to wait upon her relatives and educate her son; and, in addition to this, to teach her young sisters-in-law to do needlework and to read aloud. Tai-yü was, it is true, at this period living as aRead More →

Madame Wang gave a smile, nodded her head assentingly, but uttered not a word by way of reply. The tea and fruit had by this time been cleared, and dowager lady Chia directed two old nurses to take Tai-yü to go and see her two maternal uncles; whereupon Chia She’s wife, madame Hsing, hastily stood up and with a smiling face suggested, “I’ll take my niece over; for it will after all be considerably better if I go!” “Quite so!” answered dowager lady Chia, smiling; “you can go home too, and there will be no need for you to come over again!” Madame Hsing expressedRead More →

Madame Wang gave a smile, nodded her head assentingly, but uttered not a word by way of reply. The tea and fruit had by this time been cleared, and dowager lady Chia directed two old nurses to take Tai-yü to go and see her two maternal uncles; whereupon Chia She’s wife, madame Hsing, hastily stood up and with a smiling face suggested, “I’ll take my niece over; for it will after all be considerably better if I go!” “Quite so!” answered dowager lady Chia, smiling; “you can go home too, and there will be no need for you to come over again!” Madame Hsing expressedRead More →