everything in perspective

Lady Liu, the wife of His Excellency Xie, did not allow her husband to keep any concubines. But His Excellency was a great lover of women, and finding it impossible to control his desires, wanted to purchase a large number of concubines and performers. His cousins, who knew only too well of his intentions, tried to persuade Lady Liu to be somewhat more accommodating. They said to her: “The Osprey’s and ‘Locusts’ praise the virtue of not being jealous.” Lady Liu, aware of what they were up to, asked: “Who was the author of the Odes?” They replied: “The Duke of Zhou!” Lady Liu then said: “The Duke of Zhou was a man and wrote in defense of his own interests. If the Odes had been written by his wife, words such as these would not be found in the canon.”

 

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