Tea with N.C. Wyeth

NCW Unwrit Dogma

Illustration by N.C. Wyeth for “The Unwrit Dogma” by William Ashley Anderson in Everybody’s Magazine, December, 1917. The story begins, “The fat-faced lamas of the Poota Miao, nodding their shaved heads over cups of steaming jasmine tea, exchanged sober jokes – laughing down in their stomachs – concerning the foreign missionaries who occupied compounds in the east and west of the city. The jokes were pertinent. Why do foreign lamas, professing the same religion – a religion of universal love – shun each other with scorn smoldering deep in their averted eyes? The answer was a laugh.”