A Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xueqin, Seraphina Lum

By Cao Xueqin, Seraphina Lum

Often referred to as Hong Lou Meng, this can be arguably China's maximum literary masterpiece. A chronicle of a noble relatives within the eighteenth century; however the attractiveness of enthralling gardens, excitement pavilions, and everyday life of the main subtle refinements hides the realities of degradation and self-destruction.

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There were papers to sign, and if you wanted to eat, you didn't quibble or read the fine print. S. Steel from all liability in the event of inj ury or death. The contract stated th at I was not a member of a union. (This was not true. ) It also said that I would not join a union, and that I would report any union activity to my foreman. To my everlasting credit, I broke this pledge at the first opportunity. I worked at this job for a year and then went back to visit the girl I couldn't get out of my mind.

There I spent the first twelve years of my life. " The principal industry was coal mining, with lumbering a close second. There was also a grist mill to which the farmers brought their grain, and a saw mill that provided the area with lumber. The spring of the year was always an active time, for then the loggers came down the river on what was called the "Ark," a log cabin built on a huge raft made of logs, in which the men lived and did all their cooking, sleeping, and drinking. The task of the loggers was to break the huge log jams that had built up during low water.

The language barrier did not last long. Th e path I trod A Visitor page 19 Fo ur years after we came to Bitumen, we heard a rap at our door at twO in the morning. My father went to the door, and there w as a man named Jim Purcell, an organizer for the United Mine Workers. They talked until dawn about conditions and the possibility of organizing the mine. Purcell left shortly before daybreak to escape detection. My father told him that since the majority of the miners were Polish, and the next largest group was Swedish, it would be advisable to send in organizer s who were able t o speak these two languages.

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