As soon as his wife died, the sixteen-year-old widower demanded to leave
Shaoshan. His father wanted to apprentice him to a rice store in the
county town, but Mao had set his eye on a modern school about 25
kilometres away. He had learned that the imperial examinations had been
abolished. Instead there were modern schools now, teaching subjects like
science, world history and geography, and foreign languages. It was
these schools that would open the door out of a peasant's life for
many like him.
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