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  1. Public Bookmark 8

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    When they bow to the Heaven and the Earth, to their ancestors and to their parents, and finally to each other, Xiao Shu cannot help but wonder if she was wrong in thinking he could love her too

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  2. Public Bookmark 18

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    " Perhaps the best known case of couvade syndrome in Ancient China was that of the 7th Prince in the Liang Dynasty. During the reign of Emperor Xuan of Western Liang, his son Lin Jingyan, born Xiao Jingyan, was recorded to have “borne his wife’s pregnancy symptoms for her”, a feat marvelled over by ancient Chinese scholars and doctors. Notably, his wife Lin Shu was the Young Marshall of Western Liang’s Chiyan army, and she soon resumed her military duties after birth, leaving her husband to raise their children. Symptoms experienced by Lin Jingyan included the usual pregnancy-related symptoms such as nausea, disturbed sleeping patterns, appeared altered hormone levels as well as breast growth and increased sensitivity. "

    - Grand Imperial Physician Lin Chen, Liang Dynasty, China

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  3. Rec 14

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    There was an art to acquiescence, and she wielded it like a weapon. In times like these, you had to walk alone, or walk with none.

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    06 Jul 2018

  4. Public Bookmark 26

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    "I've been thinking," Jingyan says gravely, sitting straight-backed with her legs folded under her and hands resting primly in her lap, “that it would be best for us to have this talk sooner rather than later."

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  5. Public Bookmark 5

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    Princess Lin Shu, the eunuch says, and Lin Shu saw that he was careful not to look her in the eye. His Majesty has ordered you to choose a husband by a year’s time.

    “If I don’t?” Lin Shu had asked, defiant in the way only someone who has never been told no can be.

    If you do not, her uncle had said, and he did not smile like the uncle she remembers, the uncle who had flown kites with her and given her rides on his back, who had fed her sweets from his own plate and told her she could have anything in the world should she wished, then I will choose a husband for you.

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