Giles received the Prix St. Julien award from the French Academy in 1897 for his Chinese Biographical Dictionary. He dedicated the third edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio (1916) to his seven grandchildren, but at the end of his life was on speaking terms with only one of his surviving children. An ardent agnostic, he was also an enthusiastic freemason. He never became a Fellow at one of the constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge, despite being a university professor for 35 years. He finally retired in 1932, and died in his ninetieth year.
Do the words in red imply that the other surviving children might not have had a good or friendly relationship with Giles at the end of his life?
Last edited by sitifan; 04-May-2013 at 22:55.
It's stronger than 'might not have had a friendly relationship'.
They definitely did not have a friendly relationship.