From New Life in New Lands: Notes of Travel
By Grace Greenwood [Sara Lippincott]
New York: J. B. Ford and Company, 1873

On that day we were first waited upon at table by soft-footed, white-robed, moon-faced Orientals. I find the Chinese very agreeable as waiters. They put on no superior Littimer airs, yet are so utterly removed from all interest in you and your affairs, beyond the business in hand, that, with half a dozen about you, you have a delightful sense of privacy, and should no more think of dismissing Chinese servants for better after-dinner freedom in conversation, than of sending away the tea-tray, lest its painted mandarins should listen and gossip. There is "no speculation" in their eyes. "The sleeping and the dead and the Chinese are but as pictures."

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