We join our hero on a train in China headed for Nanjing where he and his team are about to begin another round of negotiations with a Chinese company to enter into a joint venture. The meetings, however, quickly take a back seat to the culture of the people, their mannerisms, food, drink and the winsome ways of their women with a personal agenda.
When the trip gets extended by an extra week and a half, his life and the temptations of the flesh become almost intolerable. Getting through the trip and back into his Darling's arms becomes a day-to-day challenge to say the least: An impossible mountain to climb at its worst.
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To one who previously had doubts of the historic truth of the entireGospel narrative, a personal inspection of the localities in which the eventsare represented as having occurred, must have a peculiar interest and value. Itwas in such a state of mind, half inclined to believe that the whole story ofthe Gospel was legendary, that M. Renan visited the Holy Land three years ago.He has told us the result. “All that history,” he says, “which at a distanceseemed to float in the clouds of an unreal world took instantly a body, asolidity, which astonished me. The striking accord between the texts and theplaces, the marvellous harmony of the evangelical picture with the countrywhich served as its frame, were to me as a revelation. I had before my eyes afifth gospel, mutilated but still legible, and ever afterwards in the recitalsof Matthew and Mark, instead of an abstract Being that one would say had neverexisted, I saw a wonderful human figure live and move.” In listening to thisstriking testimony as to the effect of his visit to the East, we have deeply toregret that with M. Renan the movement from incredulity towards belief stoppedat its first stage.