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Officialdom Unmasked
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Officialdom Unmasked (官場現形記) was written by Li Boyuan in the early years of the twentieth century as the dynasty crumbled. Bizarre though they may seem, the stories told in the novel are based on true stories.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. 1. The Importance of Passing an Examination
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 2. The Plight of an Examination Candidate
  2. pp. 9-17
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  1. 3. The Ups and Downs in Officialdom
  2. pp. 18-24
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  1. 4. A Disaster Was Averted; A Birthday Celebration Followed
  2. pp. 25-33
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  1. 5. All for Money and Money for All
  2. pp. 34-41
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  1. 6. The Might of the Army
  2. pp. 42-50
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  1. 7. The First Steps Towards Forging Foreign Relations
  2. pp. 51-57
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  1. 8. Doing Business in a Brothel
  2. pp. 58-64
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  1. 9. The Officials' Fear of Foreigners
  2. pp. 65-72
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  1. 10. Dishonesty Is the Best Policy
  2. pp. 73-79
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  1. 11. A Box of Refreshments for an Official Post
  2. pp. 80-89
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  1. 12. A Military Expedition on Floating Brothels
  2. pp. 90-98
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  1. 13. A Prostitute's Life for Fifty Dollars
  2. pp. 99-108
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  1. 14. A Punitive Attack on the Innocent
  2. pp. 109-117
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  1. 15. How the Accusers Become the Accused
  2. pp. 118-128
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  1. 16. An Officer's Theft
  2. pp. 129-137
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  1. 17. Crooks vs. Crooks
  2. pp. 138-146
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  1. 18. No Honour Among Officials
  2. pp. 147-158
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  1. 19. How to be Corrupt and Stay Respectable
  2. pp. 159-168
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  1. 20. The Idiosyncrasy of an Acting Governor
  2. pp. 169-176
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  1. 21. How Best to Rid Oneself of Opium Addiction
  2. pp. 177-183
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  1. 22. Hypocrisy in Different Forms
  2. pp. 184-192
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  1. 23. The Judge, His Mother and His Son
  2. pp. 193-202
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  1. 24. The Official, the Whore and the Nun
  2. pp. 203-210
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  1. 25. Shopping Around for an Official Post
  2. pp. 211-221
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  1. 26. When Is a Gift Not a Bribe?
  2. pp. 222-232
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  1. 27. The Disappointed Expectant Intendant
  2. pp. 233-243
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  1. 28. Justice Must Be Bought
  2. pp. 244-256
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  1. 29. The Pious Governor-General
  2. pp. 257-264
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  1. 30. Neither One's Own Name or Daughter Is Sacred
  2. pp. 265-280
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  1. 31. Only Fools Show Off
  2. pp. 281-294
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  1. 32. Different Ways of Achieving the Same End
  2. pp. 295-306
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  1. 33. The Lieutenant-Governor's First Visit to the Bank
  2. pp. 307-320
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  1. 34. The Thriving Trade Called Charity
  2. pp. 321-333
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  1. 35. A Birthday Gift to the Emperor
  2. pp. 334-347
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  1. 36. Beware the Concubines
  2. pp. 348-360
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  1. 37. The Governor-General Outwitted by His Concubine
  2. pp. 361-371
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  1. 38. The Ascendancy of a Slave Girl
  2. pp. 372-381
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  1. 39. The Importance of an Official's Leg
  2. pp. 382-391
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  1. 40. Conduct Unbecoming
  2. pp. 392-406
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  1. 41. On Assuming a New Office
  2. pp. 407-416
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  1. 42. The Eccentric Governor-General
  2. pp. 417-424
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  1. 43. The Destitute Petty Officials
  2. pp. 425-435
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  1. 44. Small Officials, Small Money
  2. pp. 436-448
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  1. 45. Meddling in a Betrothal Dispute
  2. pp. 449-457
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  1. 46. Greedy Father, Greedier Son
  2. pp. 458-470
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  1. 47. How the Prefect Profits From His Sons' Illegal Gambling
  2. pp. 471-478
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  1. 48. Anything to Please One's Superior
  2. pp. 479-489
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  1. 49. The Plight of a Deceased Commander's Concubines
  2. pp. 490-501
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  1. 50. The Conspiracy Between Officials and Criminals
  2. pp. 502-518
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  1. 51. The Intendant Steals From a Trusting Widow
  2. pp. 519-532
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  1. 52. How to Steal a Mansion and a Mine
  2. pp. 533-544
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  1. 53. How to Handle Foreigners
  2. pp. 545-556
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  1. 54. The Privileged Christian and the Underprivileged Muslim
  2. pp. 557-565
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  1. 55. The Arrival of the Foreign Gunboats
  2. pp. 566-580
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  1. 56. The Kudos of Having Been Overseas
  2. pp. 581-594
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  1. 57. The Spearman and the Consul
  2. pp. 595-606
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  1. 58. The Governor's Foreign Adviser
  2. pp. 607-619
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  1. 59. The Official's Relatives
  2. pp. 620-625
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  1. 60. The Joys and Sadness of Official Life
  2. pp. 626-634
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