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Re: China

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Posted by John Wilson on May 10, 2021 at 20:36:54 user hugo.

In Reply to: Re: China posted by Peter Hyland on May 01, 2021 at 11:37:16:

AR writes in his autobiography that he did ''enormously enjoy China'' where he was sent by the "Guardian" in Christmas 1926. He looked at Madam Sun Yat Sen for a model of the ''Chinese girl graduate'' and used the dragon procesions in Hankow for ''Missee Lee''. This is despite ''a compulsory overdose of shark’s fins, bird’s nest soup, noodles and politics'' and the Chinese warlord who fed him with titbits ''as if we were two lovebirds feeding each other''.

In Peking he visited his Aunt Edith, who he had last seen in 1894 when with Aunt Jessie they went to China as missionaries. When he had said enviously to Aunt Edith how lucky she was to be going to China ''she replied, rather severely, that she was not going there for pleasure.'' Sounds like the Great-Aunt; writing in her letter to Molly about hearing by accident that they (Molly and Jim) had thought fit to make a voyage for purposes of pleasure …… leaving her great-nieces alone at Beckfoot!!

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