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He took off his gold spectacles and began to clean them with an immaculate French lace kerchief. I’m sorry to see this day, he thought. Damn Dirk Struan. If it weren’t for him there’d be no damned Hong Kong. He knew that he was witness to the end of an era. Hong Kong will destroy Macao, he thought. It will steal away all the trade. All the English and American tai-pans will move their headquarters here. They will live here and build here. Then all the Portuguese clerks will come. And all the Chinese who live off Westerners and Western trade.

Wot about yor Indians? The Louisiana Purchase? Spanish Florida? You be havin’ eyes on Mexico and Russian Alaska. The last mails told you be even trying to steal Canada. ” “Canada’s American, not English. We’re not going to war over Canada—she’ll join us of her own free will,” Cooper said, hiding his worry. He tugged at his muttonchop whiskers and pulled his frock coat tighter around his shoulders against the sharpening wind. He knew that war with the British Empire would be disastrous at this time, and would ruin Cooper-Tillman.

Why does Chen Sheng treat you like a son, you ungrateful halfwit, if it wasn’t for the Tai-Pan? Go to the temple and kowtow and beg forgiveness. The Tai-Pan gave you life. So love him and honor him and bless him like I do. ” Gordon Chen smiled to himself. How right Mother was, and how wrong and stupid I was. But not as stupid as the mandarins and the cursed emperor to try to stop the sale of opium. Any fool knows that without it there’s no bullion for teas and silks. Once he had asked his mother how it was made, but she did not know, nor did anyone in the house.

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