PEARL S. BUCK, AUTHOR: China as I see it … conscious memories

PEARL LIVED HER ENTIRE CHILDHOOD IN CHINA. HERE, WITH CHARACTERISTIC AFFECTION, SHE HOLDS HER SISTER GRACE. Below: PEARL IN 1938, AT THE SAME TIME SHE WON THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE.

HER NAME WAS PEARL SYDNEYSTRICKER. SHE WENT TO CHINA ONLY A FEW MONTHS AFTER HER BIRTH IN AMERICA IN 1895, WHERE HER FATHER AND MOTHER WERE OCCUPIED IN THEIR EXTRAORINARY MISSION WORK. PEARL’S LIFE IN CHINA WAS BIZARRE. SHE WAS TUTORED SIMULTANEOUSLY AS A CHINESE CHILD AND AS AN AMERICAN CHILD. SHE RETURNED TO AMERICA IN 1935. SHE SPENT FORTY YEARS IN CHINA AND 40 YEARS IN AMERICA. PEARL S. BUCK WAS BORN IN 1892 AND DIED IN 1973.

Adapted by Frank Morris

“China is more than a part of me. She is in my heart and soul and mind.

“My first conscious memories are of her people and her landscapes. They formed my childhood world, they shaped my adolescent years, and they brought me to my maturity.

“Chinese in education and feeling, I knew I was American on the day I very nearly lost my life at the hand of a Communist army. They invaded the city where I lived.

“I have never returned to China since, and it may be that I never shall.

WE MUST BE READY

“But through the years of exile from China I have continued to learn everything I could about the strange new life that is going on there. From time to time, I have written of China and her people, hoping to help my American people to understand the Chinese better; as somehow we must.

“These paper have been gathered together in a book. The book is timely. For soon we shall see changes in Chinese attitudes toward the outer world, or so I believe. And we must be ready.

“Even old tigers like Mao Tse-Tung and Chiang Kai-shek cannot live forever. There is always a tomorrow.


PEARL S. BUCK, AUTHOR:  America … the most important time in history!

THIS REGAL LADY, PEARL S. BUCK. AUTHOR OF MORE THAN EIGHTY BOOKS. “NOTHING HAS BLURRED THE EDGES.” Below: MISS BUCK ENJOYS MUSING OVER ANTIQUES.

I CRISS-CROSS AMERICA EIGHT TIMES. THE VARIETY IS BEWILDERING.

“Though I came as a stranger to my country, having lived in China since my birth; nevertheless, I was actually born in the United States. I like the combination.

“To be born in a country provides a natural anchor there. I am permanently American. To return as a stranger, however, also has its advantages.

“I see my country with the sharply observing eye of a stranger. Everything is new to me. There are no memories to blur the edges. I see my country (as a) whole.

“Eight times I have crossed the United States from East to West. Uncounted times, I have travelled from North to South. I have visited each State with the exception of Alaska at least once; and some I have visited many times.

WE HAVE EVERYTHING

“I came back from these journeys to our many states, awed and overwhelmed by the natural beauty of our country. The variety is bewildering.

“The highest mountains, the deepest canyons, the wildest rivers, the greatest lakes, the widest deserts, the richest farmlands, the beautiful seacoasts, the vast resources in mining, forests and industry.

“We have everything.”

<< These are notes from the books China As I See It and Pearl S. Buck’s America.  The Saturday Evening Post, 1972.

COMING IN AUGUST: More notes from Pearl S. Buck, winner of the Noble Prize for Literature.


FRANK MORRIS COMING ATTRACTION …
TODAY: Dogs and the things that has made them like they are. Dog horoscopes. You’ll read about all the antics your Piscean gets up too -- and you didn’t know about it … COMING: WHAT DOES A FORMER FEDERAL MP AND AUTHOR DO WITH THEMSELVE. He writes a spectacular book about the glory days of steam, an epic new railway book. The author’s name is Tim Fischer and the book, Steam Australia – Locomotives that galvanised the Nation. NEXT WEEK: Worried about your memory?


FLINDERS: part 2. The beginning of the end for a person who defined Australia

“WHAT I NOW AND MUST EVER FEEL”, SAID MRS FLINDERS. DETAILS FROM A PAINTING SHOWING ANN IN HER LATER YEARS. Below: A BROZE STATUE OF FLINDERS AND HIS FAITHFUL CAT, TRIM, WITH TERRA AUSTRALIS – AUSTRALIA – BEHIND HIM.

MATTHEW FLINDERS WAS NEARING THE END OF HIS LIFE. HIS FLESH AND STRENGTH WERE WASTING AWAY.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

In February 1814 the Flinders again moved house, this time to 14 London Street, close to the Transport Office. The day before their move, however, Mr Hayes the surgeon was called to Matthew to attend to his “gravelly complaint.”
It was said to be either a stone or gravel in the bladder … which had been troubling him for months, becoming increasingly painful.

The doctor now called every two days to attend to Matthew. It was the beginning of the end.

Matthew was in considerable pain and could attend to his proof sheets for only a short period. The surgeon passed a bougie, a slender, flexible instrument into the bladder, but found nothing much of consequence.

Samuel, his brother, ran errands to the bank and to the engraver, while Matthew became increasingly afraid to move about. When he did walk, he was forced to move in what was described as a ‘snail-like’ manner.

He was prescribed calcined magnesia for some time until the crystals which he passed were analysed and were thought to have been exacerbated by the magnesia. He was then given distilled water. Matthew took the citric juice and tea which relieved him more than the medicines.

Then he was prescribed muriatic (hydrochloric) acid, gum arabic and barley water; and, finally, castor oil and seltzer water.

THE AWFUL ORDEAL

He became daily worst. His need to ‘make water’ increased from eleven to twenty, to thirty-six, fifty-two times in twenty-four hours. This, alone, kept him exhausted from lack of sleep, his flesh and his strength were wasting away.

Sitting down was painful for him; and a hollowed cushion was fashioned to allow him to sit for half an hour at a time; after which, he was obliged to lie down on the sofa.

In his diary of 26 March, Matthew described his ordeal in all its awful detail:
… Had more pain today, and the urine more red than lately.

On 1 April, the outlook was no more positive: … it is certain the irritation at … my bladder has increased lately, and that generally I am worse.

On Sunday, 10 July 1814, Matthew wrote: “Did not rise before two, being I think weaker than before …”

They were the last words recorded in his diary.

NEXT WEEK:  Ann was crying. “I begged my daughter to let me go in first,” said her mother. “The sun was shone brightly. I went in and there he lay … the spirit flown, his countenance....Dear Mathew!"

<< The Letters to Ann; the love story of Matthew Flinders and Ann Chappelle. Angus & Robertson, Australia.


FOR DOGS: Pisceans will show you how to react!

IT’S TIME FOR MY BATH!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

They will unpredictable from one minute to the next. Their lives will be an ebb and flow of moodiness, changeability and contrariness.

Take a Piscean out for walk and they will inevitably want to set off in the opposite direction … but by the time you have decided to go along the dog will have will had a touch of contrariness and go your way after all. The dog will get hungry, and by the time you offer food you will find the animal okay.

The Pisceans will be all over you one minute and you will be in the dog-house the next. They will be equally contrary with your friends, treating one person like a long lost brother on one visit; and a dog-thief the next time they call.

Pisces is ruled by Neptune and all Pisceans will have a close affinity to water and all that is wet – whether it be sea, river or bath. Ideally, this dog would like to be on a houseboat were the animal could enjoy the quiet and lapping water.

SHALLOWEST PUDDLE

Abandoned on dry land, and made to live in an ordinary house, the Piscean will do as much as he can to remedy the situation by making the most of any wet that happens to be to paw.

With his theme-song water, water everywhere, the Piscean would be able to find an oasis in the desert; the dog will revel in the shallowest puddle. The Piscean will roll and splash in pure ecstasy at the feel of water on their skin.

A walk in country will be essential. Knowing that you like water as much as towser does -- leaping out to shake themselves spraying you with unselfish abandon.

A MOOD CHANGER

Rain, of course, will cause this dog as much excitement as lollies to a small child. The dog will be driven to ecstasies of enjoyment … and frolic in the garden trying to catch each drop in its mouth.

But the one aspect all of this that can be a blessing in a dog: you will never have any trouble when time comes to its bath.

Pisceans have been known to sit or stand in an empty bath – waiting.

The primitive Piscean will be the eternal coming and going, running and jumping dog. The dog will drift through life with no other purpose than to change its mind and mood more times than any one dog has done before.

Any form of emotional outlet will be leapt at and played to the full. The dog will have no sense of ownership for other people’s belonging, being a firm believer that finders is keepers.

<< Dog Horoscopes by Liz Tresillan in the Saturday Evening Post, Spring 1972.


MATE: There’s a war going on here!

“So ‘ere’s to the cove ‘oo is nursin’ ‘is ‘urts.

The first and only edition of The Moods of Ginger Mick by C.J. Dennis, published in 1916. C.J. Dennis could not directly criticise the idea of Australians fighting on foreign soil – but there is an undercurrent of doubt.

 

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 15 March 19

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