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Why is it good that only five works of Confucius survived?

The next stage of the marriage ceremony was the sending of a wedding gift. Shaoyao's father bought for his future son a richly decorated saddle of the finest leather, and also sent him some beautifully issued Confucian treaties.

"If, as you stressed the sisters, Mrs. Wang – as befitting a young man – reads the works of our master Kong, they will surely be pleased with this gift!"

"And every time he reminds him who gave him this precious gift, he will be with tenderness to think of our Shaoyao," she added a cheerful Elder Aunt Song.

"And reading will have a lot, since as the name suggests the Five Classics consists of five books. Well, that the sixth of them disappeared, because unless I would go bankrupt! – Said Shaoyao's father.

"And you know that our master Kong, or how foreigners now speak,"Confucius, reportedly became fashionable among the Western scholars. It seems that his teachings are even reaching the ocean. But I don't think many of them were able to understand something. The Classic of Change itself, which is used for divination, is difficult to receive even for us, and what is only for the foreigner who thinks that as it will go a couple of times in Beijing after the European district, it already knows our tradition – she muted the Elder Aunt Song, Looking at the beautifully framed volumes and other gifts.

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12 September 2019

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