Frederic Edwin Church Twilight in the Wilderness paintingFrederic Edwin Church Landscape with Waterfall paintingWilliam Merritt Chase View from Central Park painting
through the streets of gold, past pilgrims who lie unconscious while cutpurses earn their living. He hears the wine--blurred carousing through every golden-gleaming doorway, and feels the song and howling laughter and coin-chinkings hurting him like mortal insults. But he doesn't find what he's looking for, not here, so he moves away from the illuminated revelry of gold and begins to stalk the shadows, hunting the apparition of the lion.
And finds, after hours of searching, what he knew would be waiting, in a dark corner of the city's outer walls, the thing of his vision, the red manticore with the triple row of teeth. The manticorc has blue eyes and a mannish face and its voice is half-- trumpet and half-flute. It is fast as the wind, its nails are corkscrew talons and its tail hurls poisone& quills. It loves to feed on human China two and half thousand years ago one man, Kong Qui, and his followers, synthesised the traditions of the Chinese people to create what they believed were the fundamental principles of humanity. Of course what Westerners now call Confucianism has changed over the years, just like the other major philosophies that have flourished in the East: Buddhism and Taoism. But to have survived this long, these systems of thought must have at their cores a useful set of principles that help people live the 'good