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PART I - CHAPTER V

"I have no desire for marriage. I wish only to study more science and learn all concerning it. Nothing will happen to me, my mother. When I return-but not now-not now!"
Then my mother sent messages to our father, urging that he compel his son to marry. But my father was careless in the matter, being absorbed in the arrangements for the new concubine, and my brother had his own way.
I sympathized with my mother. This generation is the last of my father's line, since my grandfather had no other sons than my father. My mother's other sons died young also, and it is therefore imperative that my brother as quickly as possible have a son, in order that my mother's duty may be performed to the ancestors. For this he has been betrothed since childhood to the daughter of Li. Although I have not seen her, it is true I have heard that she is not beautiful. But what is that in comparison to our mother's desires?
For several days I was troubled for my mother because of my brother's disobedience. But she never spoke of it to me. She buried this sadness, like all others, in the unseen places of her spirit. It has always been her way, when she perceived suffering to be inevitable, to close her lips upon

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