Excerpt from Synoptical Studies in Chinese Character
What little there was in native works of practical value to foreign students has been embodied in the present collection, and for the rest, it can hardly be expected that every comparison drawn will meet with general approv... al. At the same time, it must be borne in mind that all the characters in any group are not necessarily to be compared one with another, though an ele ment of sameness will be found always to pervade each group and frequently a whole series of such which have been placed intentionally in juxtaposition. Further, although this volume begins from the beginning and leaves the student on the threshold of written Chinese, yet a thorough analytical knowledge of all the characters here given will make future classification a compa ratively easy matter - and the bitterness of Chinese is past.
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