Ban Zhao: A Female Confucian

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Nevertheless, now that he is a man and able to plan his own life, I need not again have concern for him.

But I do grieve that you, my daughters, just now at the age for marriage, have not at this time had gradual training and advice; that you still have not learned the proper customs for married women.

l fear that by failure in good manners in other families you will humiliate both your ancestors and your clan. I am now seriously ill, life is uncertain.

As I have thought of you all in so untrained a state, I have been uneasy many a time for you.

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Ban Zhao: A Female Confucian

Nevertheless, now that he is a man and able to plan his own life, I need not again have concern for him.

But I do grieve that you, my daughters, just now at the age for marriage, have not at this time had gradual training and advice; that you still have not learned the proper customs for married women.

l fear that by failure in good manners in other families you will humiliate both your ancestors and your clan. I am now seriously ill, life is uncertain.

As I have thought of you all in so untrained a state, I have been uneasy many a time for you.

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