By Pearl S. Buck
Younger Peony is offered right into a wealthy chinese language loved ones as a bondmaid -- an ungainly function during which she is greater than a servant, yet under a daughter. As she grows right into a wonderful, provocative younger girl, Peony falls in love with the family's merely son. in spite of the fact that, culture forbids them to wed. How she resolves her love for him and her devotion to her adoptive family members unfolds during this profound story, in accordance with real occasions in China over a century ago.
"The conflicts inherent within the chinese language and Jewish temperament are delicately and intricately traced with profound knowledge and mild realizing during this tale... this can be a fascinating tale, the subject of that is tolerance. hugely recommended." --Library Journal
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And where's Pete? " Sul grinned again as he pocketed the coins. " His eyes sparkled. " The boy's tone was scornful. " Sul shrugged as the ferry moved into midstream. " "Well, you'll make a good one," Jonas said. "I want to be the best, the boy said. He looked up at the older man. "Mr. " "Not much. " Sul shook his head so sharply his curls danced again. His round face puckered in distress at the memory of what he had just read. "He left his army to suffer on the retreat from Moscow and hurried back to Paris.
Finally he combed his dampened curls in a vain attempt to smooth them out, but the comb became tangled. As he jerked impatiently at the snarl, Sul wished again that he had wavy brown hair like Pete and his father. Behind him the cabin door opened. Hoping it wasn't their visitor, Sul turned to find his next oldest sister, Margaret, coming out onto the gallery, the basket she used for picking greens over one arm. Margaret stopped to watch his struggles. "Let me help you," she said, setting the basket down.
Ma, Ma, Sul heard her cry, "he's here! " Followed by all three of her daughters, Mrs. Ross hurried out of the cabin and down the steps. Sul slipped stiffly down from behind Mason's saddle and stood there, silent and ashamed, as his mother and two older sisters crowded around him. "Son, you're hurt," Mrs. Ross began. She looked up at Mason, who by that time had also dismounted. " "He took a spill, Miz Ross, but I don't think he's got anythin' wrong with him other than that cut an' some bruises.