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Monday we stayed at home all day. We had planned to go out in the afternoon, but as the afternoon came there came with it a storm of rain, and we stayed on our porch, drinking tea and reading Marco Polo. We also began today the construction of a cook book. Dorothy has long wondered how she might legitimately use the several colored paper with which I fill my pocket notebook and keep various kinds of notes. She decided that a looseleaf cook book, arranged like my note systems so that the sheets can be kept in a book binder or filled in a drawer would provide the excuse. Consequently I started typing recipes out of magazines using pink paper for desserts, beverages and the like; blue for vegetables; yellow for meats, soups, gravies, etc.; and white for pastry, breadstuffs, and general directions. Quite a gay cook book should result. 

Tuesday, 28 July

Having long had some pictures on my mind that required the morning light for their making we hiked out this morning to the end of the old city wall, and from there got an excellent view of the Needle Pagoda, without the insulting Main house. 

In the afternoon we wandered into the town again, and went to the fan shop to get one or two new papers, and another fan for a gift. It is a fascinating place from which we can hardly stay long away. On the way we stopped at a shop to get some cloth for a new hiking blouse Dorothy planned to make for herself, and while there saw and got some very pretty stuff for a summer dress for next summer, stuff distinctive to Hangchou. We poked around a while longer, and then returned to our house, where we had supper. After supper I developed four rolls of film, which pleased us much with their good pictures. I should say we developed, for I worked by time in a dark room, and Dorothy held the clock outside. We were making quite a success of this cooperative photography. 

Wednesday, 29 July 

I woke up this morning as the sun was just 
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