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Often in Chinese novels you will see chapters introduced by a four character proverb. This is the classic form of Chengyu 成语 the proverbs bring a very pithy thought to life in the minimum of characters. For example 祸从口出 which is literally 'disaster from mouth come' or 'be careful what you say'. Read More
For over two thousand years the Chinese Emperor was served by a large number of Imperial servants who had castrated as young boys. With no possibility of having children themselves they were seen as having more loyalty to the Emperor than the Emperor's often scheming family. Some eunuchs became fabulously rich as a result of their total control of access to the Emperor.
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