By Isabelle Williamson
In 1873, the Christian missionary Isabelle Williamson set out from Chefoo (Yantai),China, to unfold the gospel to chinese language ladies. Her 4 separate trips alongside the traditional roads of Shandong Province and Beijing are recorded in outdated Highways in China (1884), a chronicle of the standard lives of the ladies to whom she preached. 'My curiosity was once mainly within the women', Williamson explains, 'and I checked out throughout a woman's eyes'. booking her missionary paintings for an additional book, Williamson devotes this keenly saw ebook to the main points of lifestyles within the villages she visited - the paintings, play, rituals, and tales of ladies and ladies. It additionally describes Williamson's personal impressive travels, set opposed to the lovely average backdrop of northern China. an enormous witness to women's missionary paintings in China, her ebook can be testomony to the clever eye of its writer as she seeks to painting 'China's daughters'.
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Lying between these large tracts of waste land are fine fertile fields, most carefully cultivated. Wheat is just now looking its richest green. By-and-by, many varieties of Indian corn, several kinds of millet, panicum, and buckwheat, beans, peas, turnips, carrots, endless varieties of melons, from the gigantic watermelon to the fine-flavoured musk-melon, not much larger than an orange, egg plants, enormous vegetable marrows, cucumbers, and smaller vegetables of all kinds, will be found in great abundance in this plain.
After about twenty miles of this road we suddenly descended into the almost dry bed of a mountain torrent. Acres and acres of land, swept over by the stream when in flood, were now dry sand, which the least breath of wind sent blowing about in clouds. On the borders of this stream is a large tract of land where the lotus is grown in hot-water ponds. The water is so hot that during winter it does not freeze. This lotus is a water-lily. The root is ground into farina, and makes a very good kind of arrowroot, used by the natives.
I suppose the man had the pork after all. There seemed to be little money passing in the market. Most of the business was done by barter. It takes a long time to dispose of things in that way. It may be a primitive mode of business, but I could see it was very inconvenient. An old woman with a basket of cotton, snowy white, just as it comes from the pod, wants three very large Shan-tung cabbages. The vendor offers two. She insists on having three. She puts a handful or two of the cotton into her lap, and offers again.