Ankle High and Knee Deep: Women Reflect on Western Rural by Gail L. Jenner

By Gail L. Jenner

Colicky horses, vans high-centered in pastures, past due nights spent in barns birthing calves—the trials and tribulations of farm and ranch existence are as relevant to its adventure as amber waves of grain and Sunday dinners on the ranch condo. Ankle excessive and Knee Deep collects jointly essays approximately classes realized by means of ranch girls, cowgirls, and farmers approximately what they've discovered whereas status in or stepping out of "mud, manure, and different offal" of their daily lives at the land. This choice of pleasing and inspirational voices deals precise views on relationships, loss, love, marriage, and parenting and different common concerns. those are modern debts of girls suffering to maintain a way of life intact, memories of childhoods spent in open areas, and stories of overcoming obstacles—inspirational analyzing for urban dwellers and nation people, alike.

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It was the custom for the compradore to live frugally and save his money and for the taipan to live lavishly and spend his. Under circumstances like this the compradore would naturally not allow the firm to crash and many were saved from bankruptcy by help from the compradore and others continued for years going deeper and deeper into debt to him. This did not involve any change in the relationship between the compradore and the taipan except that the former had a little more to say about running the business.

Lack of cargo which the Chinese would buy was not the only handicap to trade. Business was conducted according to a procedure as topsy-turvy as China itself appeared to be in Western eyes. The Chinese government had shown a celestial disdain for anything so base as trade and had set apart a little corner of crowded Canton as the one place where the foreign devils could purchase the priceless products of the empire. The British and American traders who were the only permanent residents of this strange community lived a ghetto-like existence similar to that of the Dutch on the Japanese island of Deshima.

Even those who grew gray through their years on the China Coast persisted in the whimsy that they were only temporary residents who would make a fortune and go home in a few years and so it wasn’t worth while getting ac[ 39 ] FOREIGN DEVILS IN THE FLOWERY KINGDOM quainted with the country. The old-fashioned compradore never abandoned his Chinese gown and cloth-soled shoes and never improved his rudimentary knowledge of English. Each continued in his comfortable groove, disturbed by nothing more serious than the prospect of diminishing profits.

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