Bound by Donna Jo Napoli

By Donna Jo Napoli

YOUNG XING XING IS BOUND.

Bound to her father's moment spouse and daughter after Xing Xing's father has passed on to the great beyond. guaranteed to a lifetime of servitude as a tender lady in historic China, the place the lifetime of a girl is valued lower than that of farm animals. certain to be on my own and single, without mom and dad to rearrange for an appropriate husband. Dubbed "Lazy One" via her stepmother, Xing Xing spends her days taking good care of her part sister, Wei Ping, who can't stroll due to her foot bindings, the painful yet obligatory culture for ladies who're healthy to be married. having said that, Xing Xing is content material, for now, to perform her present for poetry and calligraphy, to are likely to the mysterious yet appealing carp in her backyard, and to dream of a existence unbound by means of the legislation of relatives and society.

But all of this can be approximately to alter because the time for the village's annual pageant attracts close to, and Stepmother, who has spent the majority of the family's funds, grows desirous to discover a husband for Wei Ping. Xing Xing quickly realizes that this greed and desperation may perhaps threaten not just her stories of the previous, but additionally her desires for the future.

In this searing tale, Donna Jo Napoli, acclaimed writer of Beast and Breath, delves into the roots of the Cinderella fable and finds a story as strong because it is standard.

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Bound

YOUNG XING XING IS BOUND.

Bound to her father's moment spouse and daughter after Xing Xing's father has kicked the bucket. sure to a lifetime of servitude as a tender woman in historical China, the place the lifetime of a girl is valued lower than that of cattle. certain to be by myself and single, with out mom and dad to rearrange for an appropriate husband. Dubbed "Lazy One" through her stepmother, Xing Xing spends her days caring for her part sister, Wei Ping, who can't stroll due to her foot bindings, the painful yet obligatory culture for ladies who're healthy to be married. however, Xing Xing is content material, for now, to perform her present for poetry and calligraphy, to are likely to the mysterious yet attractive carp in her backyard, and to dream of a lifestyles unbound through the legislation of relatives and society.

But all of this is often approximately to alter because the time for the village's annual pageant attracts close to, and Stepmother, who has spent the vast majority of the family's cash, grows eager to discover a husband for Wei Ping. Xing Xing quickly realizes that this greed and desperation could threaten not just her thoughts of the previous, but additionally her desires for the future.

In this searing tale, Donna Jo Napoli, acclaimed writer of Beast and Breath, delves into the roots of the Cinderella fantasy and reveals a story as robust because it is ordinary.

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He taught that ‘essays to interpret the classics must be free from extravagant ostentation. They ... ’49 In insisting upon discipline in learning and in articulating one’s ideas both orally and in writing, Li gave Ruan Yuan a solid foundation that served him well when he took the civil service examinations. Ruan Yuan also learned from his father. At this time, when Ruan Yuan was studying with Qiao, his father had not yet embarked on the business trips that in a few years’ time were to take him away from home with increasing frequency.

35. YJSJ II:1 36. YJSJ II:1. In the lower Yangzi region, including Yangzhou, all furniture and household goods the newly married would need were provided by the bride’s family. These goods formed a part of the bride’s dowry, which included wooden tubs used for bathing and a commode, all lacquered in red. In time, the first child’s layette was also provided by the maternal grandmother. These traditions are related by my mother, whose family had been in Nanjing since the Yuan dynasty. 37. YJSJ II:1.

Thus, five sui is roughly equivalent to four years of age by Western reckoning. 41. Quoted by Fujitsuka Chikashi ( ) in his chronological biography of Ruan Yuan, ‘Gen Undai to Richo no Kingendo’ ( ) (1942), p. 3. 28 Ruan Yuan, 1764–1849 The mother taught him to read Tang poets in the same sequence her father had taught her, and as his father in turn had taught him. The High Tang poets, such as Wang Wei ( 699? 42 Bai Juyi ( 846) would come later. Ruan Yuan was to recall that ‘my mother wrote down the poems of Bai Juyi for me to learn.

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