5th March 2013, 8:10 PM
I'm struggling to understand the meaning of a half-classical Chinese sentence :
I have no idea what the first two characters might refer to; the rest of it should mean :"because of the rarity of land, density of population, and heavy taxes, the fields did not produce enough for the population to feed on, and that is the reason why the peasants had to turn to mulberry trees".
I'm not a native English speaker, I'm just interested in knowing if I got the meaning right, so pardon my mistakes!
5th March 2013, 9:45 PM
正惟 = 正因 = 正是因為, 就是因為 "exactly due to, actually because"
农田所入 = farming income
不足以供上 "not enough to supply the government" (i.e., not enough to meet the tax liability imposed by the government).
乃必 = 於是必须 therefore must
以桑佐穑也 "use mulberry to aid grain crops" (i.e., grow mulberry as a cash crop to supplement the income earned from cereal crops).
Last edited by Skatinginbc; 6th March 2013 at 7:13 PM.
5th March 2013, 11:36 PM