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Rivers of China

‘Oh dear,’ she said, ‘I do wish I hadn’t married. I wish I’d been an explorer.’ And then she said dreamily, ‘The Rivers of China, for instance.’

‘But what do you know about the rivers of China, darling,’ I said. For Mother knew no geography whatever; she knew less than a child of ten.

‘Nothing,’ she agreed. ‘But I can feel the kind of hat I should wear.’

Katherine Mansfield
27th December 1920