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AS SCHOOLBOY Our little Chinaman has entered the temple of
learning. A long vista stretches away before him. Patient and
plodding pursuit of knowledge, toil and discipline, self-culture
and self-repression?there seems no end to it in the life of a
Confucian scholar ! Such a man is not made in a day. He is the
product of ages, the embodiment of all that is best and highest in
the life of the nation. Forty centuries look down upon him. Moulded
and inspired by the wisest sages of his country's past, he belongs
to the aristocracy of the land, a class that has governed, for long
millenniums, a quarter of the human race. Looked up to by the
common people, respected by the highest officials, in turn
supporting the wise measures or resisting the exactions of the
Government, independent, self-respecting, influential, the man of
letters is at once the strength and glory of " the black-haired
race." 1 There seems at first an immeasurable distance between our
six-year-old schoolboy, with his gayclothing, undisciplined nature
and baby mind, and the lofty Confucian ideal of the Princely Man,
to which it is hoped he will attain. How much there is he must
acquire, both of head knowledge and moral culture. To begin with,
the myriad characters of the language await acquaintance, every one
of them differing from all the rest, and to be remembered
individually, without the aid of any alphabet or systematic
connection between them. But this were a simple task compared with
the labour of learning to reproduce them in writing. Such an
undertaking alone demands years of assiduous toil. Diligence and
perseverance are essential, as the little scholar soon discovers,
and examples are not wanting to fire his ambition. 1 Li-min, a.
Chinese term for themselves. He early learns that Confucius ...
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