A joke so foolish and unfilial
wasn't worth explaining.
From a letter of my great-grandmother's written to a stubborn daughter upon some unfilial
behavior, like running away to be married, I suspect that she was fond of the high-colored fiction of her day, for she tells the wilful child that she has "planted a dagger in her mother's heart," and I should not be surprised if it were from this fine-languaged lady that my grandfather derived his taste for poetry rather than from his father, who was of a worldly wiser mind.
said poor Joe; adding under his breath, with a very unfilial
apostrophe, 'Will he never think me man enough to take care of myself
For example, there are three types of unfilial
conduct, the worst of which is to have no children (and, hence, no descendents).
Fanny drops the topic not because it is a political hot potato indeed, the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 was a matter of national pride that had consolidated Britons' sense of moral superiority and provided a renewed impetus for empire (3)--but because she fears that it will expose the Bertram girls' unfilial
lack of interest in their father's concerns.
37 Of the three practices of unfilial
piety, having no son is the greatest 0.
Her mother-in-law, however, berated her for unfilial
behaviour because the two elderly people only had plain porridge every day.
Although impoverished Europeans of this era, male and female alike, often married late or not at all, early marriage and family were central pillars of Chinese life, with the sage Mencius stating that to have no children was the worst of unfilial
acts; indeed, marriage and anticipated children were the mark of adulthood.
The first scene, "Sweeping Beneath the Pines," concerned an older gentleman, Zhang Guangcai (sung by Ji Zhenhua), who is caring for neighbors' graves sadly abandoned by their unfilial
129) While the Qing rulers were less strict than the Tang in punishing violations of mourning rites (leaving the matter to individual clans to sort out), they reinforced the age hierarchy among the living by holding children liable for parents' suicide "where that suicide could be attributed, even in the loosest possible way, to unfilial
conduct," (130) and by meting out harsher penalties for filial disobedience.
In other words, they argued, the Choson dynasty ceased to exist mainly because of the internal strife of the royal family caused by a most unfilial
daughter-in-law, Queen Min.
No wonder that the daughters rebelled as their being used as human phonographs, and that they displayed unfilial