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the young, it is iron meeting flint. Who can tell which will crush the other?"
" And what will come of it?"
" Fire of some sort will come of it," he replied gravely. "I pity your brother. There is no man able to stand unmoved between two proud women, one of them old and one of them young, and both loving him supremely."
He took our son upon his knee and regarded the child thoughtfully. I do not know what was in his mind. But the child innocently lifted the lock of hair over his ear in pride to display the ring his grandmother had hung there, crying :
" See, Da-da?"
Instantly we forgot my brother and his wife. My husband looked at me with suspicion and reproach.
" Kwei-lan, what is this?" he asked. "I thought we were done with this superstitious nonsense!"
" Your mother placed it there," I faltered, "and I had not the heart-"
" Nonsense!" he cried. "We must think ofthe child first ! We cannot let him be given such ideas."
And taking out from his pocket a small knife he carefully cut the silken thread that held the ring. Then leaning, he threw it all out of the

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window into the garden below. When the child pouted, he said laughing:
" You are a man like me ! See, I do not wear a ring in my ear like a woman. We are men. We are not afraid of gods!"
And the child smiled at his gay words.
But in the darkness of the night I thought of it half afraid. Can age be for ever wrong? What if after all there are gods? I would leave nothing undone for my son. Ah, how I understand my mother !

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