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Chinese Sketches

Herbert Allen Giles (1845-1935)

1. Preface
2. Death of an Emperor
3. The Position of Women
4. Etiquette
5. Etiquette No. II
6. Literature
7. Educational Literature
8. Dentistry
9. Medical Science
10. Medical Science No. II
11. Loan Societies
12. Guilds
13. Pawnbrokers
14. Postal Service
15. Slang
16. Fortune-Telling
17. Games and Gambling
18. Jurisprudence
19. Jurisprudence No. II
20. Buddhist Priests
21. Respect for the Written Character
22. Superstition
23. Natural Phenomena
24. Celebration of the New Year
25. The Feast of Lanterns
26. Opium Smoking
27. Thieving
28. Lying
29. Suicide
30. Torture
31. Feng-Shui
32. Money
33. A Dinner-Party
34. Female Children
35. Travel
36. Predestination
37. Journalism
38. Funerals
39. Inquests
40. Inquests No. II
41. Christianity
42. Anti-Christian Lyrics
43. Conclusion

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Summary

Herbert Giles was in the diplomatic service in China from 1867 to 1893. His frank observations on Chinese culture and people form the basis of these short essays, published in 1876. On his retirement, he returned to England and served as the Chair of Chinese at Cambridge for 35 years.