One day while browsing about...

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One day while browsing about in the library at Peking, I paused a moment to watch a man at work unrolling grimy, tattered manuscripts, and mounting them on heavy paper, that they might be preserved and studied. The dusty documents had recently been found in a cave. No one knew how they got there, or precisely when, though scholars believed they had been placed there for safety a thousand years before, and then were forgotten.

In another department of the library I was shown a standard encyclopedia. Its compilation had required fifty years. There were one hundred volumes in the index. The encyclopedia itself ran into thirty-six thousand volumes. They filled a large room. Each book was a work of art—exquisite paper, printing, binding.

Love's Protection
August 15, 1942

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