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Under Sail (Interesting Ebooks) Lincoln Ross Colcord

Under Sail (Interesting Ebooks)

Lincoln Ross Colcord

Published August 27th 2014
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Example in this ebookAN INSTRUMENT OF THE GODSIThe longer I live said Nichols from the darkness of his corner the less of difference I see between the East and the West. Ive been listening closely to you fellows. We are fond of saying that weMoreExample in this ebookAN INSTRUMENT OF THE GODSIThe longer I live said Nichols from the darkness of his corner the less of difference I see between the East and the West. Ive been listening closely to you fellows. We are fond of saying that we dont understand the Oriental- but, let me ask you, do we fully understand our best friends—even ourselves? Whose fault is it? Or, failing to understand the Oriental, is it logical for us to consign him to a different sphere of human nature? Of course, its the easiest way to dodge the real answer....The old Omega had drifted that morning past Green Island, dropping anchor a little later among the fleet off Stonecutters- and after dinner, moved by a common impulse, we had called our sampans and joined Nichols under her spacious after awning. There, with the broad land-locked harbour of Hong Kong under a half moon reflecting the perfect outline of the Peak, talk had wandered lazily along the range of our shipping activities, to reach at last, as it always did in such company, that world-old problem of the races of men.I think I know the race of Chinamen Nichols went on, while grunts of assent from several quarters of the deck gave testimony to his reputation. Oh, yes, I know them. They are made of flesh and blood, if youll believe me- they eat with their mouths, and think in the recesses of their skulls, just as we do. They marry, beget children, and pass through life. They love, fight, strive for gain, sin, suffer, learn lessons, regret, make restitution, are tempted by devils, struggle and triumph, or give up in despair, and finally die with their years and their secrets on their heads. The same old conscience pursues them. Yes, they are eaten up, like us, by the savage and devastating contest with self, the flesh and the spirit striving for the mastery- and out of the contest, like fire struck from clashing swords, come the sparks of ideas, of aspirations, of creative efforts, of wonder and joy, pain and fear, of all the infinite play of this star-spangled life of ours against the soft darkness of the unknown sky.... You fellows have been discussing only superficialities. At heart, you and the Oriental are the same. The Chinese are romantic, I tell you- they are heroic, they are incorrigibly imaginative. You think not? Let me tell you a taleSuddenly Nichols laughed, a snort that might have been of self-derision. You wont be convinced he chuckled I see it already. Youll derive from this tale, no doubt, only further confirmation of the unlikeness you imagine. So be it. I merely warn you not to be too sure. Strip my friend Lee Fu Chang naked, for instance, destroy and forget about that long silken coat of his, embroidered so wonderfully with hills and trees and dragons, dress him in a cowboys suit and locate him in the Rocky Mountain region of fifty years ago, and the game he played with Captain Wilbur wont seem so inappropriate. Its only that you wont expect a mandarin Chinaman to play it. Youll feel that China is too old and civilized for what he did....To be continue in this ebook..................................................................................